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.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* Carlsson-Paige is professor emerita of education at Lesley University and co-author of the study “Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose,” which criticizes the Common Core standards for kindergarten. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

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Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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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.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

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Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

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A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. Students who meet English proficiency standards – and are therefore more likely to do well on the state’s exams – cease to be tracked as English learners.

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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Today we’ll look at grading and assessment, and how technology can assist teachers to streamline the process, as well as extract more valuable information on how students are tracking on their learning pathways. Grading and assessments are a hot potato in the field of education, as states and the federal government try to at once apply common standards, but also limit the amount of time students spend sitting assessments. Assessments.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.” This is just one example of how the Common Core requires teachers and students to spend extended amounts of time on one topic. Use Power Standards.

Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

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If you’ve got a child in the Georgia state school system, then you’ve probably heard of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System and how important it is. This post is a comprehensive guide on what the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) is all about. Simply put, the Georgia Milestones is an assessment program for school children from grades 3 through high school. Grades 3 – 8 will take the End of Grade (EOG) assessment. Additional academic support needed.

Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

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The final grade in a course or even a ten week grade probably does not reflect the actual academic learning.These grades may not reflect the academic standards (Common Core, standards or proficiencies) for that course. Badges allow teachers to focus specifically on student standards or proficiencies. Do you use grades or badges to measure your students’ progress on the standards or proficiencies?

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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This was a common refrain in advisory class. Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. CASEL defines these in terms of specific competencies that can be assessed and mastered: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. . STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.),

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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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. A growing body of research names curriculum as a critical factor in academic success.

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

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The decline has accelerated, and results from the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have pushed the state into the “learn-from-our-mistakes” category. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model. Assessments News Top News

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Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

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million for scoring 2015-16 assessments in Tennessee after the state terminated a contract in April with Measurement Inc. Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 A separate search is underway to select a vendor to develop and administer next year’s TNReady assessments, education commissioner Candice McQueen said in an email she sent to district superintendents.

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

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In a recent presentation to the League of Innovative Schools Assessment working group, Erin and Eric shared the Cortex platform and described the academic growth and progress they have seen among their students since the platform’s implementation. Mastery of Rigorous Standards. The data that fuels Cortex is based on bringing standards to a more refined framework with a common data visualization of green, yellow, and red for differing levels of mastery.

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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 is a student-centered series of self-guided, self-paced PK-5 math and reading lessons that are based on class goals, teacher input, and individual academic need Students work independently, taking the time they need.

Tests suggest most Kansas students not ready for college

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A majority of Kansas public school students aren’t on track to be ready academically for college based on their scores on standardized English and math tests this past spring, a state report said Tuesday. But they stressed that Kansas is reporting its first statewide data from tests that were revised to align with multistate Common Core academic standards, which they view as tougher. Assessments Higher Ed News Top News

Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ Inaugural Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

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The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information and collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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In this ever-dynamic landscape, “commonstandards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. Types of Standard Alignment.

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Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

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Mashing the arts and math is core to Desmo’s belief that education is interdisciplinary by nature, and subjects should be taught as such. Luberoff says that end-of-year assessments in 35 U.S. It’s an art competition unlike most others.

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

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In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Let's examine these two issues: Silos You can find OER in dedicated online repositories including OpenEd , Curriki , and OER Commons. Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. were part of the Common Core initiative, but several have dropped this school year.)

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Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable. Estimating the size of different markets, and the speed with which they develop, is critical for a host of business decisions.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

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A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards. This year, the eighth year the report has come out, authors discovered that students who start off the school year behind their peers, yet read more than their peers, ended the school year meeting higher standards than those students who did not read as much.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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Since the biennial test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP, was first administered in the early 1990s, student achievement, particularly in math, steadily improved until the late 2000s, then flatlined. states adopted new, more demanding academic standards in the 2010s, and there have been widespread reports about the difficulties in changing instruction in the classroom.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. That was the district’s first year taking the PARCC assessment, a college- and career-readiness test mandated by the state of Illinois, and the results were dismal, though not exactly surprising. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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Read on to find answers to teachers' most commonly asked questions about the platform, in addition to information on how you can use Seesaw with your students. This allows teachers to assess student progress over time.

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

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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.

PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

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only 10% of public school students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25% of those who took a new English test met proficiency standards deeming them ready for college after graduation. The scores show how students in the area are performing on the new Common Core academic standards , implemented in an effort to increase the amount and depth of material students learn across the nation.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. That was the district’s first year taking the PARCC assessment, a college- and career-readiness test mandated by the state of Illinois, and the results were dismal, though not exactly surprising. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

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Damont Morgan, a seventh grader, would prefer to get core academic classes that take a lot of mental energy out of the way in the morning and go to electives in the afternoon. STANDARDS-BASED LEARNING Tying instruction to certain standards agreed upon as the goals for what students should know at various ages or grades in school (standards often set by the state). ASSESSMENTS Essentially another word for tests, but not necessarily old-fashioned tests.

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

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In addition, kindergarteners who took advantage of state-funded pre-K in Quitman ranked among the top five performers on an assessment of school readiness skills, state data released in November show. Wright and pre-K advocates argue that more investment in early education via programs like that at Quitman could put kids on a stronger academic path at an early age. Pre-K also teaches important non-academic skills, like how to hold a pencil, pay attention and get along with peers.