Discovery Education's Common Core Academies

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across America are grappling with what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for their instruction and have key questions around successful implementation: What are the core components of the CCSS and how do they impact me? How do I create assessments that align to the CCSS? As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them. With upgraded curricula and the knowledge gained from trainings teachers began in earnest this past September developing lessons to implement and assess the new standards. How do administrators tasked with observing teachers know what they are looking for in a Common Core classroom?

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School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. First, we offer a much-needed framework for the education of diverse learners. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners? As for this, common characteristics and criteria associated with the not-so-common learner include the following: English Learners (ELs).

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

TeachThought - Learn better.

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.

Cross Curricular Maker Education Activity That Addresses Common Core Standards

User Generated Education

My primary job is that of educating pre and in-service teachers with a bit of teaching elementary students along the way. It combines geometry concepts with a language arts activity while addressing several common core standards. Title: Geometry Meets Maker Education. Common Core State Standards Addressed. Assessment. Education Maker Education 21st century skills disrupting education experiential learning math STEAM STEM technology integration

Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Catlin Tucker

Note: For educators interested in incorporating online discussions into their curriculum, my first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 provides resources and strategies to support this shift. Shifting to Students Designed, Facilitated & Assessed Discussions. Note: For educators using Google Apps, click here to view a copy of the student-led facilitation form. Interested in technology tips to help you teach the Common Core?

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks

Kleinspiration

This movement was really very teacher driven, with wikis and google spaces and chats such as the New Teacher Chat popping up, followed by a number of educational companies entering the mix. Presenters will also introduce participants to new resources and collaboration tools to help demystify the Common Core State Standards. The second webinar in this series is scheduled on October 17th at 4pm EST and will focus on assessments with the CCSS.

Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect

Kleinspiration

Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students. if you post to Teachers Pay Teachers, you''ll love creating a network of followers on ClassConnect for your freebies Once you find great resources, tag them with the Common Core and share them publicly! Then, start searching for content you can use by the Common Core!

Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

A new study of the math alignment between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by most states, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the longtime barometer of academic achievement among the nation’s students, found “reasonable agreement” overall but also some areas of 4th and 8th grade math where there was less of a match. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Educators in the Middle East Tackle the Common Core

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About 200 educators will learn more about the common-core standards, which are implemented in American-curriculum private schools in the Middle East. Assessment Common Core International Education International Markets alisonburrows commoncore dubai internationaleducation middleeast normanwebb

Common Core is changing how schools teach ELA and math

eSchool News

New report finds Common Core is affecting reading and math — but not test scores. States considered strong adopters of Common Core are more likely to see a de-emphasis of fiction and a decline in advanced math enrollment among middle school students thanks to adoption, according to a new report that also found a trivial difference in test scores between states that have and have not adopted the standards.

Oregon adopts K-8 Common Core math programs

eSchool News

Common Core programs use research-based approach to help students learn reasoning, critical thinking. The Oregon State Board of Education has adopted Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Ready Common Core math programs for use in all K–8 classrooms across the state. Built for the CCSS, the programs were built from scratch by strictly following the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards. Common Core News Top News

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

eSchool News

Senate action to give states more testing and evaluation flexibility, Common Core resistance continues. Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. Resistance could be costly: If fewer than 95 percent of a district’s students participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards, federal money could be withheld, although the U.S.

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards

Edsurge

When I first saw the long list of my classes’ ELA Common Core Standards, I remember feeling overwhelmed and worrying about how I was going to cover all of them in a single school year. What I imagined was to take each standard, deconstruct it visually and place its core elements into a graphic organizer, and use it as a teaching tool for my students. Education Technology Common Core Policy

Shifts and Issues Associated With The Common Core

A Principal's Reflections

I attended another session on the Common Core State Standards today at the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference entitled Educator Readiness for the Common Core: ASCD Findings from Select States. The two facilitators shared input from educators in four states about the standards and the assistance needed to integrate them into schools and classrooms. Their number one concern is the technological capacity to teach and assess students.

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students

The Hechinger Report

Back in 2013, when New York was one of the first states in the nation to adopt Common Core standards and administer tougher tests, children’s test scores initially plummeted. After an initial drop in pass rates among eighth and ninth graders on a Common Core algebra exam in 2014-15, scores improved. Higher Education. In California, scores dipped among 11th graders in the spring of 2018, four years after the introduction of Common Core aligned exams.

327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

MentorMob and LearnZillion have teamed up to create a comprehensive collection of Common Core aligned learning playlists perfect for providing students with easy access to guided learning experiences. Currently there are 327 Common Core aligned playlists ready and available for free on the MentorMob site. The newly added LearnZillion Common Core aligned lessons focus on the use of narrated video for instruction.

New Year, New Tests: Common Core Assessments Are Here!

Where Learning Clicks

The 2014-15 academic school year is a big one for Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Outside the Classroom Common Core Education Reform Standardized Testing Schools in many states have been working on adopting the college and career-ready standards in classrooms for four years and it is now time to measure student progress against these standards. To put the standards “to the test” literally, states […].

Common Core Connections: Using Multimedia to Present Knowledge & Ideas

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Technology can be a powerful tool to help us meet the Common Core Standards and move our students forward to prepare them for success in school and beyond. In general, t he Common Core calls for the seamless integration of technology into the curriculum. There are also specific Common Core standards dedicated to using technology. Spend instructional time interacting with students as you informally assess, reteach and challenge them on the spot.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. As an instructional coach, I’m often asked about the role of technology in math education. One of the biggest advantages it provides is preparing our educators for Common Core instruction through professional development, training, and information sessions.

OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment Creation Tool

The 21st Century Principal

L os Gatos, CA – June 17, 2014 — OpenEd ( www.OpenEd.io ), the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, today announced a free tool designed to enable teachers to easily create assessments with the question types required by Common Core standards. OpenEd’s assessment creation tool enables educators to create tests incorporating their own questions, or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd’s unique educational recommendation engine.

Common Core Academy Learning Opportunities From Discovery Education

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A long time ago, Francis Bacon said that knowledge is power … This summer, teachers can empower their teaching with meaningful and actionable knowledge about the Common Core Standards at Discovery Education''s Academies! As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning. Educators will leave with tools, including lessons and assessment tasks for immediate use.

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

The Hechinger Report

The b has a belly and the d has a tushy,” says Yulizabeth, who, because of a speech and language disability, has an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. Even though Ramirez is only in second grade, she’s already learning skills that hopefully will come in handy when she starts taking New York’s Common Core-aligned assessment tests next year. While most students struggle with these tests, none are struggling more than New York’s special education students.

App of the Week: Formative assessment for Common Core

eSchool News

note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of Graphite.org , a free service from Common Sense Education. Edulastic is a Web-based platform designed to help teachers assess and monitor students as they work toward mastery of the Common Core standards. Once registered, they set up their classes and begin creating assignments to assess student learning.

Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference

CUE

Educational leaders know that any change in pedagogy, standards and assessment would require large doses of quality professional development to implement effectively. The post Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards CUE Conference

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

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Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

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.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. In terms of typing, this is a growing pain,” said Luci Willits, deputy executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of states developing joint tests for the Common Core standards. “If K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

Question Tank

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely. Forty six… blended learning common core Data Analysis EdTech Education Teaching Smarter Balanced

Common Core Assessment 20x More Expensive? What Can Edtech Do?

Question Tank

The forthcoming Common Core (CC) Assessments are the next generation of standardized tests in the US, and will meet the testing frequency requirements of the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act also known as No Child Left Behind unless congress should act to change this, which is most unlikely. Forty six… blended learning common core Data Analysis EdTech Education Teaching Smarter Balanced

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.* 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.

Idaho Schools Get Mixed Common Core Test Results

K-12 Schools - Education News

Now, the first results are in from Common Core, showing that only half of the state’s students or less in grades three to eight and 10th grade are proficient or above in math and English. The state test has been criticized by those against Common Core, a set of standards developed to establish what students should know in the areas of math and English before they graduate. But many are squarely behind the education reform that is the backbone for the changes.

Nevada to Recoup $1.8M From Common-Core Group Over Testing Mishaps

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Nevada officials announced Tuesday that a common-core assessment consortium will credit the state $1.8 million as compensation for problems that derailed a spate of its assessments last year. The state’s attorney general, Adam Paul Laxalt, said the accord is part of a pre-litigation settlement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which Nevada joined in 2010 to work together on developing tests. Marketplace K-12 Assessment Common Core vendors

NYC Principal Commits Suicide After Common Core Test Cheating

K-12 Schools - Education News

Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, principal of a West Harlem school in New York, committed suicide one day after her students took state Common Core exams, the results of which had to be discarded because Worrell-Breeden manipulated test answers. The tragic event occurred 24 hours after her 47 third-grade students had concluded three days of the Common Core English exam, which had been given for the first time at the new school.

Common Core Assessment: An Inflection Point in Public Education or More of the Same?

Question Tank

The assessments rooted in the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics begin this year for 45.5 Other than Texas and Alaska though, I bet you would have a hard time guessing that Nebraska… common core Data Analysis EdTech Education nclb Smarter Balancedout of 50 states. Minnesota is the 0.5 because they decided only to adopt the English Language Arts standards.