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Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in education: The traditional paper-and-pencil, fill-in-the-blank exams could become as much of a relic as learning cursive and using blackboards."
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But how will students "show their work" when solving complex math problems?  Looks like Microsoft is working on that.

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Education Data and Information Systems November Bulletin

Education Data and Information Systems November Bulletin | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
See what's new with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

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Common Core Practice | Life on a Coastline

Common Core Practice | Life on a Coastline | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Each Friday we collaborate with a classroom in New Jersey to test and publish three short writing ideas that address Common Core Standards and that are grounded in New York Times content.

This week, all three prompts focus on the common theme of life on a coastline — a topic of great importance to our classroom collaborators, who recently went through weeks of disruption because of Hurricane Sandy.

Even if you live nowhere near a coast, however, we hope you can find something here that interests your students, whether investigating the notion of “home,” learning about what life is like for those who are still refugees from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, or reading about a dispute between the United States and Canada.
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Ted Caron's comment, December 3, 2012 9:31 AM
2) The narrative writing prompt is a great NON-example of CCSS narrative writing! Personal-reflective with no basis in the text.
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Common core sparks war over words

Common core sparks war over words | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
English teachers around country worry that new academic standards are pushing out literature.
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A good read with different perspectives provided.  The comments make for entertaining reading while enjoying my morning coffee.

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Standardized Testing Costs States a quarter of 1% of total K-12 spending

Standardized Testing Costs States a quarter of 1% of total K-12 spending | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
States spend, on average, $34 per student on assessment, according to a national study released by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy.

Via Mel Riddile
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, November 29, 2012 9:24 AM

Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States, according to a new report on assessment finances.

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CCSS: When Vocabulary Alone Isn’t Enough | Core Connections

CCSS: When Vocabulary Alone Isn’t Enough | Core Connections | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A few years ago, while training middle school teachers on highly effective teaching strategies for Language Learners, I stated, “We are all literacy teachers, no matter what subject we teach.” I could see surprise on some of the content teachers’ faces when they considered that idea. Now, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are asking all teachers to be strategic in teaching academic vocabulary across all subject areas.

The way that I understand academic vocabulary, as the CCSS outline, is that there are words that cross subject boundaries and can be applied in a variety of contexts. In my teaching context, I am very intentional when planning an instructional unit and even a lesson, about how I will focus on such words. I use Isabel Beck’s definitions of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 words to help me identify which vocabulary I will teach directly, for which terms students can infer meaning based on context clues, and which words the students and I will ignore. This video, featuring CCSS contributing author David Coleman, offers a deeper explanation of the three tiers.
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Common Core: Yes, Teaching and Learning is Reinventing the Wheel!

Common Core: Yes, Teaching and Learning is Reinventing the Wheel! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Over the last several months, I have been working with several schools in a Common Core Standards Targeting Project (a process that has been the subject of previous blogs). In each case, the project goals are not only to bring richer understanding of the Common Core literacy standards to teachers and administrators, but also result in a written curriculum, something none of the schools currently have.

And so, in an effort to both provide my clients with options and my own brain with an ever extending breadth of knowledge, I am reviewing state websites, again, looking for means by which I can help “my” teachers and “my” schools overcome the immensity of the task they see before them. Over the next two-weeks, I plan to blog on those websites I have either used in my own work or been guided to from others who are entrenched in the work of Common Core Implementation. Today, I am beginning with the Delaware DOE.
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Standardized Testing and the Common Core: This Morning's Webinar

Standardized Testing and the Common Core: This Morning's Webinar | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
This morning, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings is releasing a report, authored by Matthew M. Chingos, describing the assessment systems currently in place in states around the country. The report contains new data on state spending on testing as well as the characteristics of the tests taken by students across the country. After a keynote address delivered by College Board President David Coleman, panelists will respond to the report and discuss the important decisions states will face over the next few years as many implement the Common Core standards and transition to new tests.
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Can also backchannel using #BCTesting on Twitter.

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Who is Doing the Work | Burkins & Yaris

Who is Doing the Work | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The brain that does the work is the brain that does the learning.–David Sousa

This week we are exploring the ways that planning Common Core lessons is different from our lesson planning when we were expected to teach state standards. Some of the differences are obvious, such as changes in text levels, and others are more subtle.

We are most concerned with the subtleties of scaffolding and facilitating student independence, and challenge you to look closely at your lessons to identify places that your work may be eliminating thinking work for students. It is possible that much of the lesson planning we have traditionally done, that of identifying the vocabulary to pre-teach or figuring out how to build background knowledge for students, has actually interfered with our efforts to facilitate their independence!
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Great thoughts here provided by B & Y and what I've come to know as Doug Lemov's "Ratio" or pushing out the thinking to the students. I like it!

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Lesson Learned! Next Generation Science Standards

Lesson Learned! Next Generation Science Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by Achieve, is due for release before the new year. This draft represents step four in a nine-step process to update standards for K-12 sciences and engineering education. The nine-step process includes three public and two state review and comment periods before delivery of a final product. Once complete, states will opt to select or not select the NGSS for local implementation.
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Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core: Reflecting on the Research

Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core: Reflecting on the Research | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This afternoon, we had a great practical discussion with International Reading Association President-elect Maureen McLaughlin and University of Chicago literacy and curriculum specialist Timothy Shanahan. The conversation touched on everything from text complexity and English-language learners to comprehension for the youngest students. For those interested in all things common core, check out the archived transcript.

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Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing

Meeting the Common Core – Argumentative Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Making the distinction between argumentative and persuasive writing.

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Taking the Long View on Common Core

Taking the Long View on Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Implementing Common Core Standards requires a long view, one that extends out at least a decade or more. Most importantly, it requires increased focus on professional learning among those responsible for implementing the change using collaborative processes that include purposeful planning for student learning; disciplined inquiry; reflective analysis of practice using data; and intentional learning to expand knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions.

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Testing Group Scales Back Performance Items

Testing Group Scales Back Performance Items | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A group that is developing tests for half the states in the nation has dramatically reduced the length of its assessment in a bid to balance the desire for a more meaningful and useful exam with concerns about the amount of time spent on testing.

The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
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Article claims that "tension" still exists as designers grapple with the purpose of the test being 1) to obtain data to inform instruction or 2) obtain data to measure the results of instruction.

 

I keep thinking of the adage, "Timing is everything."

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Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption

Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today.

According to White, committees formed to review the textbooks knocked about three-quarters of them from the adoption list, while department officials decided to strike the rest. The primary reason, White said, was that "they don't consistently reflect the level of work we see in the PARCC prototypes."

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Finding the Connection Between CCSS for Literacy and Student Motivation

Finding the Connection Between CCSS for Literacy and Student Motivation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I believe that a tell-tale sign of a change initiative that has merit is one that quickly takes teacher conversation to the student motivation question. As in, “What do we do about the students who aren’t motivated to read, write, or otherwise delve deeply into our content?”

A teacher’s role in motivating students is a largely missing piece of the school change dialogue, but the good news is that if the Common Core State Standards, particularly the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards for Literacy, are implemented with fidelity; the motivation gap will begin to close.

The CCR Anchor Standards emphasize confidence-building literacy experiences embedded in purposeful, student-driven investigation and research. Strong literacy skills and understanding of the learning process are not attained in a vacuum. Imagine how student confidence will change in future years if more content teachers take the approach that students will learn to think about what they are learning and how they are learning it.
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This link is promoting CCR which focuses on purposeful, student-driven investigation and research to motivate students in the classroom.

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A Teaching Focus vs. A Teaching Direction: Climbing Lessons | Burkins & Yaris

A Teaching Focus vs. A Teaching Direction: Climbing Lessons | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this post, we propose the idea of helping students reach for a learning objective much the same way a child reaches for candy that's been placed out of reach. We suggest three directions for helping students climb higher.
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5 Tips for Planning Excellent Common Core Lessons | Burkins & Yaris

5 Tips for Planning Excellent Common Core Lessons | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this post, we offer five suggestions for planning instruction that will align with the Common Core standards as well as help accomplish the instructional ideals espoused by the Common Core.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core Videos and Other Resources

Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core Videos and Other Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
I recently received an excellent letter from a literacy supervisor who is trying to prepare her colleagues to succeed with common core. She sent a copy of her planned approach for my comment. This is the kind of energy and thoughtfulness that the common core is going to require. This plan is bright and thoughtful, so with her permission I'm passing it on.
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Common Core Tech Projects

Common Core Tech Projects | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Presented at the Tennessee Education Technology Conference - Common Core State Standards integrating technology during Project Based Learning.
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Complementary resource might be this one on comparing students "doing projects" to students invovled with "project based learning." 

http://www.friedtechnology.com/2012/11/whats-difference-between-doing-projects.html

 

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Special Education Leaders Discuss Aligning IEPs to the Common Core During Free PresenceLearning Webinar

Special Education Leaders Discuss Aligning IEPs to the Common Core During Free PresenceLearning Webinar | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
To help district administrators lead their special education teams as they move to the new Common Core State Standards, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled Shift...
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A Systemic Approach to Digital Learning Initiatives -- THE Journal

A Systemic Approach to Digital Learning Initiatives -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
As school districts prepare for the implementation of Common Core State Standards or Career and College Readiness standards, as well as online assessments, the Alliance for Excellent Education has released a report, "The Nation's Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards," that identifies four interrelated challenges facing school districts and seven interconnected areas of education that the Alliance asserts can benefit from digital learning and technology.
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Likely the most common pitfall when planning and purchasing technology: "Sometimes they lead with the device, or they lead with the technology itself, instead of taking a step back and really thinking about the instructional goals and what technologies will support them. That's probably the most common mistake, just not thinking it through systemically."
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Testing Consortium Crafts College-Readiness Definition

Testing Consortium Crafts College-Readiness Definition | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Twenty-five states have taken a big step toward designing a shared assessment: They've drafted an initial definition of what college readiness means, and descriptions of the skills and knowledge students must demonstrate at each step of the way toward that goal.

 

Released today, the college-readiness definition and the descriptors of achievement on each level of the test are part of the work of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two federally funded groups of states that are designing assessment systems for the Common Core State Standards.

 

Smarter Balanced is soliciting public feedback on the documents through Jan. 15 (and can be provided using a link on this blog) States in the consortium will then revise them, with an eye toward final adoption in March. Even after that, however, the achievement levels will be considered to be "initial," since they will have to be validated—and possibly revised—by longitudinal research on how students at each level of the test perform when they actually get to college.

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The Common Core State Standards — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Common Core State Standards — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You’ve probably heard a lot about this new initiative in education called the Common Core State Standards(CCSS). What’s it all about? How does it relate to you as an educator, administrator, or parent? How does it apply to students, especially those with disabilities? This resource page will help you find answers to questions such as these.

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What should children read?

What should children read? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The Tipping Point" and a New Yorker staff writer, told me how he prepared, years ago, to write his first "Talk of the Town" story. "Talk" articles have a distinct style, and he wanted to make sure he got the voice straight in his head before he began writing. His approach was simple. He sat down and read 100 "Talk" pieces, one after the other.

 

The story nicely illustrates how careful reading can advance great writing. As a schoolteacher, I offer Gladwell's story to students struggling with expository writing as evidence that they need not labor alone. There are models out there -- if only they'll read them!

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