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?

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’s a wide age range for learning to read,” said Nancy Carlsson-Paige on KQED’s Forum program. ” “Most five-year-old children are not really ready to learn to read,” Carlsson-Paige said. 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?

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

MindShift

Read more about Common Core. We are definitely putting academics first,” she added. Arts advocates argue that music, drama and art classes are critical for a well-rounded education (and Brown says music should be considered an academic course). But as states have begun rolling out the Common Core standards, integrating the arts has become more challenging — even for schools like Soulsville. Read more about Common Core.

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. 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.

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. In this post, we’ll look at three effective ways to do this: integrating curriculum, combining test prep into daily learning, and cutting topics. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.”

Digital Badges: Better Than Grades?

Education with Technology

tuttle, https://eduwithtechn.wordpress.com/2007/02/09/classroom-grades-dont-reflect-student-learning/ ). 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.

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. It was vital they graduated, but a diploma doesn’t guarantee students the social emotional learning (SEL) skills needed to be informed citizens and productive members of society. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.),

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’ve heard the buzz about eSpark this summer at conferences or training sessions, you already know it’s more than “just another math and reading learning platform” Sure, it is that but what sets it apart is eSpark’s clever blend of learning tools that encourage students to progress at their own pace in their own way, to review when needed and move ahead when they get it. That done, it develops a differentiated and personalized learning plan.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

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

Edsurge

We are both pursuing the same goal,” says Sphero CEO Paul Berberian, which he describes as providing students with playful tools that nurture creativity as they learn to use and build with technology. Bringing the two together “allows us to provide a more complete solution for schools to serve children who may have different ways they like to learn,” he adds. When Sphero laid off 45 employees in early 2018, the Boulder, Co.-based

Teacher tricks: Grading & assessment

Neo LMS

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.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

It makes learning organic, part of life rather than something that must happen from a certain book or room. The problem is trying to blend them effortlessly into a class LMS or learning platform without lots of extra clicks and logins. 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).

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

eSchool News

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.

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. 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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The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Though many teachers remain against reckless #edtech integration, the conversation is clearly shifting from should technology play a central role in the learning process to how should technology be used to promote learning? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016.

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. In any learning, writing is a seamless fit. 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. Writing Is Still How We Communicate. by Terry Heick.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

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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Looking at these projects, it’s clear that some kids have been so motivated to make beautiful graphs that they’re going out to learn math that most kids don’t learn until college,” says von Oy. “We Graphing the wavy curves of the hair and snakes was itself a learning curve.

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

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Put another way, there is a reason to learn. 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.

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. 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. More importantly, teachers should be able to see proven teaching methods in action, with students, in the context of their curriculum requirements and academic standards.

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 play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Students have at least 40 minutes a day to play during what’s called “Play to Learn” time. Heated floors invite the children to play and rest on the ground and multiple play areas both inside and outside the school offer kids opportunities to learn and burn off energy.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. The April issue’s theme was “Nontraditional learning.” The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

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

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Rather, investments in education—both public and private—made at the local, state and national level have been spread across a range of activities committed to making the “line teacher” more effective at delivering learning to their “customers” (students). 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.

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

Edsurge

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

K-12 Schools - Education News

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.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

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. In a district where almost 30 percent of the students are learning English, these goals have meant a radical change in how math is taught in the early grades. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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. Also, be sure to check out our tips video for parents , as well as our detailed review of Seesaw's potential for learning.

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. Informing the students, parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system.

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

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One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. Reasoning Mind , a Houston-based nonprofit, was acquired by Imagine Learning. 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.

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. Blended Learning.

PARCC Results for DC Show College-Readiness Concerns

K-12 Schools - Education News

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.