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SBAC: Data But No Meaning, When Meaning Matters Most

SBAC: Data But No Meaning, When Meaning Matters Most | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

..."“Statistical calculations based on warped figures lead to confusion, frustration and wrong decisions.” These wise words from W. Edwards Deming are most timely as the educational community awaits the next batch of big data to be delivered, the results of the latest test promising to revolutionize schooling, the SBAC. A hollow promise, based on warped figures, that will certainly deliver hollow results. What will the SBAC data mean? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at all. Numbers in isolation, lacking story and context."  

        --  Superintendent Thomas Scarice of the Madison Public Schools 

 

For full post, click on title above or here: 
http://ctviewpoints.org/2015/08/05/sbac-data-but-no-meaning-when-meaning-matters-most/  ;


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Download Navigating Assessment and Collaboration with the Common Core State Standards Getting Ready

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Here's a great blog post from 2014 on visual literacy. Hope you all enjoy it.   Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Edutopia.
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Pasi Sahlberg: The Myth that Schools Can Do More with Less

Pasi Sahlberg, the distinguished Finnish educator who has been in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past two years, has written a terrific essay about the myths and fall...

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Did hackers disrupt Common Core testing in California? - The Hill

Did hackers disrupt Common Core testing in California? - The Hill | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Local school officials reported problems administering the computerized test on Thursday. 
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TurnAround Is Hard

TurnAround Is Hard | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The main question of the report is this: In 2009, the feds threw $3 billion dollars of stimulus money into School Improvement Grants in order to goose intervention models and generally get a bunch of failing schools to turn around. How did that turn out?

Answer: Not all that well.

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Help All Student Readers Access Complex Texts

Help All Student Readers Access Complex Texts | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Text complexity is an important part of the Common Core State Standards, so how can we help all students access complex texts? Ryan McCarty has some ideas.


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3b Questioning and Discussion Techniques, Danielson Training - YouTube

Training for evaluators in the Danielson Framework. Component 3b.

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‘Why do you believe you need the Common Core?’ — principal

‘Why do you believe you need the Common Core?’ — principal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The fifth in a series of letters between two principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn't.
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Common Core Testing Debate Pits Affluent vs. Civil Rights Groups

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Affluent Opposed to Tests

Parents in the wealthiest school districts are the ones behind the movement to boycott the state’s Common Core standardized exams, a new analysis shows.

Nine of the top 10 school districts where students were pulled out of taking math and English exams in grades 3 through 8 last year were in affluent Long Island communities, the study by education-advocacy group High Achievement New York found.The median income in these school districts is $97,571, far higher than the $58,003 state average.About 60,000 students in the state opted out of at least one of the Common Core exams in 2014. That number is expected to increase greatly this year as more parents and teachers rage against what they claim is an overemphasis on high-stakes exams and test prep.

 

Civil Rights Groups Fight To Retain NCLB Testing
The Washington Post (4/11, Layton) reports “Advocates for poor and minority children are pushing a novel idea: standardized tests as a civil right.” The Post says civil rights groups assert that Federally required testing is a “tool to force fairness in public schools” by spotlighting the gulf between scores of poor, minority students and “their more affluent counterparts.” In addition, the articles says that the civil rights groups are battling legislative efforts to roll back testing as Congressional legislators begin to rewrite “No Child Left Behind,” the country’s main Federal education law.
        WPost: Education Bill Reduces Federal Government’s Role Too Much. The Washington Post (4/11) editorializes that a “bipartisan senate bill to revise No Child Left Behind...goes too far in rolling back the federal role in setting standards and consequences.” The Post says “some states don’t need prods from Washington, but others have catered more to education bureaucracies or teachers unions than to students.”

 

The Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal (4/11) reports that “tens of thousands” of New York students in grades 3-8 “and maybe more” will be opting out of taking Common Core-aligned math and English language arts tests, noting that a “parent-led effort...appears to have gained momentum in recent weeks.” The piece notes that the state DOE has threatened sanctions against districts “if participation rates on the exams are low.”


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Shanahan on Literacy: Close Reading: A Video Replay

Shanahan on Literacy: Close Reading: A Video Replay | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Last week I dinged that video for claiming that close reading is a teaching technique (it's an approach to reading). I was critical of the idea that close reading helps students “conquer complex text,” if that includes language complexity as measured by Lexiles. I didn’t like the idea of reading the book to the kids; I’m a fan of reading texts to kids (see recent NewYork Times article on this), but not the texts the kids are supposed to be reading. Finally, I didn’t like how rereading was being approached.  Here is the rest of my thinking about this lesson. Hope it’s useful to you.


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Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing

Academic Vocabulary and the New Wave of Testing | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

David Coleman, the current president of the College Board, has a particular take on academic vocabulary; and, if you want to better prepare your students for the new wave of standardized testing under the Common Core and the new SAT, you better get hip to it. As he told the New York Times, Coleman believes academic vocabulary is all around us, and he is out to rid the SAT of "words you will never use again" and plans to instead focus standardized testing on "more common words like synthesis, distill and transform, used in context as they will be in college and in life."


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My Favorite Vocabulary Activities

My Favorite Vocabulary Activities | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
That vocabulary is a basis for language learning is a given. When people travel abroad, they take dictionaries and phrase books, not grammar guides. Therefore, every course we teach should have a s...

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Testing question: 1 Dearborn school soars, another stumbles but why? - MLive.com

Testing question: 1 Dearborn school soars, another stumbles but why? - MLive.com | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.
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Standardized testing isn’t supported by research | Opinion |

Standardized testing isn’t supported by research | Opinion | | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Advocates for the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced educational initiatives are right to be concerned that the parent opt-out movement could influence the policies’ chances for success.

Via Becky Roehrs, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 21, 2015 3:06 PM

Wow, interesting opinion piece..the comments are flying in, too...

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How Reading Fiction Improves Intelligence

How Reading Fiction Improves Intelligence | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Want to keep your brain in shape? According to this video, diving into works of fiction rather than data and textbooks might be the best way to stay sharp. Find out how much storytelling affects your brain in the video!


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Vendors at Odds Over Nevada Testing Problems

The testing provider accused of botching the state's common-core assessments last month claims the responsibility lies at least partly with another vendor.
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What's Wrong With Standardized Testing? ~ John Oliver

What's Wrong With Standardized Testing? ~ John Oliver | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
In a sprawling but nuanced examination, comedian John Oliver explained why the U.S. standardized testing system exists and the harms it creates.

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Monica Tienda's curator insight, August 7, 2015 10:04 AM

Here Comes the Monkey

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Margaret McKeown Discusses Research on Vocabulary Assessment

Margaret McKeown University of Pittsburgh Key Video Quotes: "We really wanted to know could they use the words? What did they know about the words?
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Five close reading myths debunked

Five close reading myths debunked | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

1. It diminishes the joy of reading. One of the things we love about reading is how layered the text is. If you don’t understand what’s going on in a text, it’s just less engaging. What practitioners have found is close reading can become as engaging as a video game, as students look at the vocabulary or patterns of words, at the structure and plot elements. It’s really that deep engagement that brings joy to the reading process. It becomes like a treasure hunt—in a good wa


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Common Core State Standards: The Best Basis for Moving Forward

Common Core State Standards: The Best Basis for Moving Forward | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Dylan Wiliam and Learning Sciences International provide professional development to help schools increase student achievement through TLCs, programs, technology, and embedded formative assessment.

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Interesting comment from Dylan Wiliam re: CCSS

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A Great Awakening for history and social studies - EdSource

A Great Awakening for history and social studies - EdSource | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
History teachers say the Common Core values the skills and content they teach.
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8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

John Spencer writes:  "

We are naturally inclined to find information fascinating -- to the point that we have to share it out to the world. Nobody on Facebook is getting a grade for it. They're sharing an article because they found it relevant.

As a classroom teacher, I want to see that same level of excitement as students engage with informational texts.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 13, 2015 2:03 PM

John shares some great strategies here. I like the idea of having students review the standards before reading to identify their areas of mastery and areas they need to improve. Several of our teachers ask students to focus on meta-cognition, to recognize how they learn, and this strategy would work well with that.



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This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover

This Man Is About To Give The SAT A Dramatic Makeover | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Growing up in downtown Manhattan as the son of a psychiatrist and a college president, David Coleman never wanted for stimulation. At the dinner table, his parents repeatedly told him that it wasn't his exam scores that mattered, but rather the quality of his ideas and inquiry.

 

Now, Coleman is in charge of the most important test score a student can receive. As president of the College Board, a national education company, he is redesigning the SAT, the standardized test taken by many high school seniors as a part of the college application process. He is also expanding the Advanced Placement program, which offers college-level classes and tests for high school students.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, September 4, 2013 5:35 AM

David Coleman, best known for his role as the co-architect in writing the ELA Common Core Standards, has largely been unheard from as states begin to either opt out or implement the standards.


This is an informative article that provides a brief bi-partisan view of the history of common core and what Coleman's next role will be.