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Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

The panel found that 79 percent of NAEP items in 4th grade math assessed content included in the CCSS at grade 4 or below. In the 8th grade, 87 percent of NAEP items assessed math included in the CCSS at grade 8 or below—a degree of alignment the report described as “strong.”

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

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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. K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

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Colorado Releases Results of Second Year of Common Core Tests

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(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons). Sophomores took the pre-Scholastic Assessment Test (pre-SAT) but did not take the language arts and math tests for 10th- and 11th-grade students, says Monte Whaley of The Denver Post. K-12 Schools Colorado Education Common Core PARCC Testing

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. It also allows us to take a blended learning approach to our Common Core math instruction.

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.* But they struggle when kids still don’t meet Developmental Reading Assessment benchmarks.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

There are several reasons why Kids Discover Online is a fantastic website for middle and elementary science, history, and ELA teachers: Students can visually explore curated topics, finding connections in a safe space. Let’s say that you’re studying the 1963 March on Washington.

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

The Hechinger Report

At Dunn Elementary, kids who are struggling get extra time with second-grade teacher Sarah Bowling. The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a scavenger hunt to find “arrays.”. Closing these gaps was one of the goals of Common Core reform.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

What we were doing was attached to the old standards, but the thinking and the logic was very Common Core, very focused on conceptual understanding,” said Johnstone. Related: Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first. Read more about Common Core.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards.

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

The 21st Century Principal

BoomWriter’s interactive collaborative writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills. The first is an interactive vocabulary application called “WordWriter” that will deliver an interactive vocabulary experience allowing students to apply, share, and assess newly learned words in original content.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

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As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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Assessment For Learning. We walk you through the process of distinguishing between various assessment types, building goals, identifying best practices around your assessments and analyzing your data to make lasting instructional decisions throughout the year. Ace the Test with Study Island. In this on-demand webinar, we outline five simple steps to prepare students for testing with Edmentum’s Study Island. Study Island New Game-Based Group Sessions.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

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What’s more, game-based learning (GBL) can address some of the most common roadblocks encountered by math teachers and students alike. Given that most older children and teens play digital games outside of school— according to one study , 99% of boys and 94% of girls aged 12 - 17 play at least 7-10 hours per week—it’s no surprise that game-based learning is proving to be an effective classroom tool.

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. This is just one example of how the Common Core requires teachers and students to spend extended amounts of time on one topic. Combine Assessment Prep Into Daily Learning.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

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Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments.

Reading for the Jaded Student & All: Curriculet partners with USA Today

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Curriculet has proven its worth and merit as I flip summer and independent reading, PARCC prep , and novel studies. Known as "curriculets," these integrated checkpoints focus on specific skills and Common Core Standards. common core curriculet digital Reading

Why Oregon teachers despise the Smarter Balanced tests

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A study by the Council of the Great City Schools found that Portland and Oregon students are some of the least-tested in the country when it comes to mandated standardized exams. Assessments McClatchy News Preparing for Common Core Assessments Top News

Regarding Aaron Ross's Interpretation of Student Centered Learning andthe Well Rounded Student

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In his post on his blog [link] , Aaron Ross suggests that their are two polar opposite approaches to the neccessity of a common core, those who want to protect and perhaps even popularize it and those who want to totally abandon it. The American notion of a common set of knowledge that all students must acquire is not unique nor is it nearly as organized by a central government that in European nations like Britain or France. (I

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

MindShift

Marna Wolak’s fifth grade students at Sanchez Elementary in San Francisco are gathered on the rug for a “number talk.” This kind of detailed observation of student work is the focus of a kind of professional development called lesson study. there’s even a lesson study app now.

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Lesson Study? There’s an App for That

MindShift

One of the standards for mathematical practice in the Common Core is to “ construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. During the planning phase, the lesson study group is thinking about all the small steps that might enable them to teach a little differently.

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Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And a few weeks ago, an article on a survey conducted by the Oregon teachers union last spring to learn Oregon teachers’ opinions regarding annual state assessments observed that, “[s]urvey respondents were overwhelmingly extremely negative in their response to every question.”. Use adaptive assessment.

How to Prepare for the SAT

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It has the most practice tests of any program currently available as well as offering its study guides and practice tests in both in print and online. Students gain exposure to rigorous content, master critical thinking skills, and have the opportunity to clarify common topical misconceptions.

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Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I am a 6th-grade teacher at Crestmore Elementary school in the Colton Joint Unified School District, in Southern California. Their peer feedback is used to understand whether they understand the concepts taught in this course of study.

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration

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Please take a moment and visit the sponsor of this site: - Mastery Connect : ( click here ) MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.

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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

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An example is Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s program, Novel Engineering: Novel Engineering is an innovative approach to integrate engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school. Assessment : How will learners be assessed?

Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum

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Programs are geared to the particular learning of Elementary and Middle School, and Middle and High School with games and lessons aligned to state and national standards like Common Core, TEKS and MAFS. Math used to be a tedious memorization of facts and formulas.

3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing

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These include (rephrased from Common Core Writing Standards): dig deeply into subjects of interest to achieve better understanding and to build knowledge. assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

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Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Mindprint Learning provides a cognitive assessment developed for children that can be administered online. “Mindprint’s cognitive assessment was developed in the Brain Behavior Lab at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

Also, elementary school should not be unstructured lacking a scope and sequence of learning or curriculum. It needs to have a sequential curriculum and assess the performance outcomes of student growth to begin to target any students who might be at risk to fall behind. Delaying assessment and support simply delays fixing an issue or denying one exists. The author claims this is the same approach as the Common Core, which he/she trashes as top down driven and corporate.

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Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

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BrainPOP is a collection of three-five minute animated movies, learning games, quizzes, and interactive activities for grades 3-8 addressing a wide variety of topics such as math, science, social studies, health, art, and technology. They can even create quizzes to assess their learning.

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I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction

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As an elective class, I had my middle school students study the parallels of Wuthering Heights and Twilight. I was a top student, passed every assessment with flying colors, yet never really understood any of the books I read. Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. That push for a common, connected curriculum also includes what happens before, and during, kindergarten.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Is it important for all children to be taught common skills and content? Dan D.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

a vibrant and accessible teaching guide packed with strategies for implementing Common Core standards using UDL. Assessing an audience and figuring out how to simplify a complex topic requires higher-level thinking and demands a true understanding of a topic, Novak says. Older students in a district could collaborate with elementary teachers to produce books for the younger classes, and could even visit those classes to read to the younger students.

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