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. Education standards have always been implemented in a variety of ways.

“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. Taking a lesson from special education.

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.

At School Grounded in Soul Music, Priorities Shift for Common Core

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Read more about Common Core. But educators here saw how behind some of their students were in reading and math, so even at a school linked to the iconic Stax Records, R&B is having to make more room for the three Rs. “We We are definitely putting academics first,” she added. Read more about Common Core.

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.

What Motivates Maker Educators?

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Who are the people spearheading maker education? Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” The tools and resources required don’t come cheap: 92 percent of educators said information about grants were somewhat or very important.

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. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this. Life is interdisciplinary, and while our education system has finally started to acknowledge this (e.g. “Mister, why do we have to do this?

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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Casserly, Executive Director of the Council, to select an educator pursuing a graduate-level education degree to receive a $10,000 scholarship. To learn more about the CGCS and the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice, visit CGCS.org/Page/1239.

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

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). 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. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?”

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National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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The average performance of the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders mostly held steady in math and reading from 2015 to 2017, now marking a decade of stalled educational progress, according to the results of a test released Tuesday. 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.

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

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Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade. education achievement slides backwards. Academic standards were the next to go. history standards as well.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education

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Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. curriculum market shifted towards purchasing materials aligned materials to Common Core and state academic standards, the organization began building new offerings based on these U.S. standards. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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EL Education K–5 Language Arts. Kiddom is an easy-to-use education platform designed as a centralized hub for teaching and learning. 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. EL Education Language Arts (Grades K-5).

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

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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. In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act , which pledged to offer the same standard of education to every child in the US “regardless of race, income, background, the zip code, or where they live”.

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. Erin describes the Brooklyn Lab human capital strategy as analogous to an “educational orchestra” – educators may play from the same score, but they are play different instruments to provide students with different learning experiences.

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Clinton looks to move Democrats away from ‘Education Wars’

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In an event that could be called a love fest, Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laid out her education priorities in a rollicking speech at the annual assembly of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union. Clinton profusely thanked teachers for doing the difficult job of educating the nation’s children, and the 7,500 educators in attendance responded with cascading chants of “Hillary, Hillary.”.

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

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The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher -- that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. 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. Early Childhood Education.

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.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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based company explained the difficult decision as an effort to return its focus to the education market following a foray into creating consumer toys. Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings. Additionally, Sphero says it has more than a thousand lessons and activities that are aligned to Common Core and other state academic standards for math and computer science.

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. Meyer says Desmos’ middle-math core curriculum aligns with state and Common Core academic standards.

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

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In a previous EdSurge piece , I described how economics and technology trends tend to drive educational innovation by providing models that reformers build into their visions, sometimes unconsciously. It has also impacted the role that teachers play in the mind of educational policy makers and reformers—for good and ill. In contrast, the American education system, despite efforts to centralize elements like academic standards, remains enormously fragmented.

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

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First, many educational markets are shaped by public policy. For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. Second, K-12 education in the United States is primarily a local affair—with states and districts shouldering most of the costs and driving many key policy decisions. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.).

The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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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. Here is exactly what the Common Core standards say about technology , for example.). The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. by TeachThought Staff.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

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Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. 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). When OER curation was in its infancy, there were few common standards in place for vetting and cataloging this content. Types of Standard Alignment.

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

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Without that reason, education becomes a self-justifying expression of policies and procedures. 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’s The One Thing Will They Remember From Your Class? by Terry Heick.

Alma releases new standards tracker

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Tracking features in integrated SIS and LMS platform enable educators to plan and modify curriculum and instruction in real time. 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. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model.

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‘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.

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 we collectively elevate teaching so that it may sit comfortably alongside other highly respected and important professions, we must think carefully about how to provide higher-quality, effective continuing education for teaching. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has a vision for how that can happen.

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. Learning and education. It needn’t be some blank, sterile, and academic form that makes students wail and teachers squirm.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

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It may seem frivolous to spend so much money on a school dedicated to a grade level that students aren’t even required to attend in most states , but research shows kindergarten can be one of the most important years in a child’s educational career.

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

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over glitches in implementing the test, the state department of education announced this week. The new seven-month contract with Pearson was finalized using an emergency procurement process after the education department collaborated with the state’s central procurement office, according to a “Frequently Asked Questions” document the department released. In late 2014, Pearson was replaced as the state’s test provider for the Tennessee standardized tests.

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. The State Department of Education released a summary of how roughly 260,000 students scored collectively, saying only 42 percent performed well enough on English tests to suggest they’re moving toward being ready for college or a career.

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

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The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. We tend to look at education as teacher-driven,” Ms. Many have turned to competency-based education, known as CBE, to reach the increasingly important returning adult learner.