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?

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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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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. 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

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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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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. What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016. In theory, it’s not necessary to have any degree of education technology at all, though even that depends on your content area’s academic standards.

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. Growth of specialist teams dedicated to supporting second-language learners, students with special needs and technology implementation can also be seen as resources put at the disposal of the classroom teachers that help them to do their jobs more effectively.

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. It’s been our desire for a while to go deeper to engage with students in classrooms,” says Luberoff. 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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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. You may want to read Applying The 40/40/40 Rule In Your Classroom as a decent primer to respond. What’s The One Thing Will They Remember From Your Class? by Terry Heick.

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.

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How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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On a sunny winter morning in Sara Stevens’ kindergarten classroom at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, 5- and 6-year olds spread out across the classroom learning about colors, shapes, engineering and design. They had taken out all the fun to make it more academic,” Turtzo said.

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. 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.

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. And here we are, and the Common Core Standards (no matter what you might think of them) are asking all teachers to teach writing. It needn’t be some blank, sterile, and academic form that makes students wail and teachers squirm. Writing Is Still How We Communicate.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. Was classroom management stronger?

Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

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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.

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.

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. More than 40 states embraced the “Common Core” while additional states adopted similar standards.). Students commonly perform worse on computerized tests than they do on paper-and-pencil ones.

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. ESSA encourages districts to bring edtech into the classroom.

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. 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. All 50 states have standards for their students to meet — most use, at least in part, the Common Core standards.

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. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. Was classroom management stronger?

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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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

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

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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.

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. While Massachusetts high schools adhere to the relatively tough Common Core academic standards, at Independence Academy the priority is on meeting students where they are. Matt Langley on a break from class.