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.

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. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

MindShift

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.* There are many experiences in the classroom that are beneficial for building the foundation for learning to read that will come later.”

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

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. 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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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. Webinars to learn more about using Kiddom A guide to standards-based grading to make grades meaningful Content integrations for teachers to save time Infographic illustrating how Kiddom inspires Personalized Learning Socio-emotional learning infographic.

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.

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

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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.

The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? In that light, we felt like it represented another kind of idea–a bare minimum of technology integration in an average classroom. Gamify your classroom. The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology.

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. 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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What’s The One Thing They’ll Remember From Their Time With You?

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We could talk about power standards, big ideas, enduring understandings, the utility of modern curriculum, and how useful academic standards like those found in the Common Core really are, but I thought I’d turn it over to you this time to hear your ideas.

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

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In the classroom, computer-based programs can give students additional support as they work to master the vocabulary and mechanics of English. All 50 states have standards for their students to meet — most use, at least in part, the Common Core standards.

Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. It needn’t be some blank, sterile, and academic form that makes students wail and teachers squirm.

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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How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Was classroom management stronger? That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Alma releases new standards tracker

eSchool News

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.

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

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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.

National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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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. Students commonly perform worse on computerized tests than they do on paper-and-pencil ones.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Was classroom management stronger? That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

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.

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. Pre-K teacher Ruth Shows calls on a student at Quitman Lower Elementary during a classroom discussion.

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. The Council also suggests that schools train all teachers, even those in general education classrooms, in strategies to ensure ELLs meet state education standards. “We

Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs?

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While the academic program here leads toward a regular Massachusetts high school diploma, the teaching is often tailored to address individual areas of weakness. Drug use, suspensions and expulsions have put many students here far behind academically. Matt Langley on a break from class.