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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core. Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. Further, the majority of educators in the United States teach according to the Common Core standards, which makes them of interest to us. That is where the Common Core sets the bar.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

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Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. Open Up Resources (OUR) is a series of free c ompetency-based Common Core-aligned curricula (math, ELA, and reading). They received excellent ratings from EdReports , a leader in evaluating textbooks and curricula for rigor, usability and alignment to academic standards.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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Each targeted quest curates a collection of third-party apps, webtools, videos, games, and other resources that focus on particular math or reading skills identified by the teacher or from the student’s earlier work as an area of academic need. eSpark works on all devices–desktops, Chromebooks, iPads (with the free app)–pretty much whatever digital device you use in your classroom. This can be incorporated into Google Classroom or another LMS that you use.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

To help accomplish their vision – that every students get not just to but through college – Brooklyn Lab leverages Cortex, a digital learning platform where student data and work can be accessed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators alike. Brooklyn Lab’s model includes whole group instruction often occurring in a co-taught classroom, small group instruction, independent work with personalized playlists to develop mastery, and passion-driven enrichment.

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Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

eSchool News

Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. As teachers, we are entrusted with our nation’s children, and their futures, yet many of us find ourselves isolated in classrooms without the right training or support. The need for more practical and effective professional learning opportunities for teachers is especially important right now, with new academic standards being introduced and adapted in schools across the country.

Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

Edsurge

In today’s workforce, one employee backed up by teams of experts providing training, tools, just-in-time access to materials and data can perform work that once required dozens of line workers. Investments in teacher training programs when new state standards or social-emotional learning programs are rolled out are recent examples where statewide decisions shape local choices.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Let's examine these two issues: Silos You can find OER in dedicated online repositories including OpenEd , Curriki , and OER Commons. were part of the Common Core initiative, but several have dropped this school year.)

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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While Google Classroom and its accompanying suite of tools is immensely popular in education -- especially at the secondary level -- Seesaw is a fast-growing and user-friendly digital platform for teachers to assign work, engage with students, and provide feedback, among other classroom activities.

Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

Georgia Test Prep

The tests provide information about whether students are grasping their subjects according to the state-adopted standards in the core areas of English language arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies, and whether they are ready to progress to the next grade. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System was introduced in 2014-2015 to replace former state assessments which were setting lower standards for students. Substantial academic support needed.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards. ESSA encourages districts to bring edtech into the classroom.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. Many reported that they did not have enough time or money to access quality materials, while others stated these materials simply don’t exist.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

The Hechinger Report

On a muggy fall morning, pre-K teacher Ruth Shows inspected the work of students in her classroom, stepping over a cluster of little learners sprawled on the carpet. What started as a treasure hunt had become a logic game in Quitman’s state-funded pre-K classroom, a free early learning experience that’s only recently become available to a small number of students in Mississippi. Pre-K teacher Ruth Shows calls on a student at Quitman Lower Elementary during a classroom discussion.