Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

At the same time, the authors found that 42 percent of the Common Core State Standards for grades 6, 7, and 8 were not being tested by any items in the 2015 NAEP item pool. Assessments Common Core News Research STEM Top News

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Read more about the Common Core.

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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. K-12 Schools Common Core GED Testing

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

Colorado Releases Results of Second Year of Common Core Tests

K-12 Schools - Education News

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons). The standardized tests, writes Ann Marie Awad for KUNC Public Radio, are aligned with Common Core standards which set touchstones for achievement in the subjects for each grade level. K-12 Schools Colorado Education Common Core PARCC Testing

In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core

The Hechinger Report

But this year, New Frontiers Charter School in San Antonio needed its best teachers to help younger students get ready for a new set of math standards Texas adopted in 2012, so Demore switched to elementary school. It’s actually illegal to teach Common Core in Texas.

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.* Advocates for the kindergarten Common Core standards agree that kindergarteners should not be sitting still all day doing reading drills.

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.

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.

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 second will facilitate non-fiction group-writing projects around Social Studies/History and Science/Technical subjects, and BoomWriter will support teachers with these efforts by providing free lesson plans.

Childhood is Expendable to Some Education Reformers

A Principal's Reflections

Three was enough time dedicated to learning during my elementary years, but also ample time for play, exploration, competition, and leisure. A recent story from an elementary school in Long Island, NY should make the dire predicament we are in very clear.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

Edmentum was honored to have Marzano Research peer review a research project we conducted for our classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island; Marzano confirmed the effectiveness of using Study Island for online practice. 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.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown

CUE

The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. CUE Advocacy Update.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

TeachThought - Learn better.

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. Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum.

?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset

Edsurge

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.

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

The Hechinger Report

Experts say that requires regular and high-quality social studies lessons, starting in kindergarten, to teach kids to be critical thinkers and communicators who know how to take meaningful action. Border Crossers trainers Ben Howort and Ana Duque are both former elementary school teachers.

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A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children

The Hechinger Report

A study of project-based learning found that social studies scores were higher for second-grade students who learned this way, compared to students who were taught traditionally. studied civics in the fall of 2016, they began by exploring a nearby park in Pontiac.

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Happy Connected Educator Month

Kleinspiration

During my undergraduate studies, we used the Internet to collaborate with each other. I recently participated in their day of learning focused on the Common Core. On August 17, I will be their Spotlight Presenter doing several sessions on the Common Core.

The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

K-12 Schools - Education News

Daniel Ansari (2011), a leading scholar of cognitive developmental psychology who studies brain activity during the learning of mathematics, also maintains that neither skill nor understanding should be underemphasized — they provide mutual scaffolding and both are essential.

Timeline

SpeechTechie

Common Core Connection: -CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study. Common Core curriculum connections graphic organizers HS later elementary MS sequencing text structure

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

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

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

‘Lesson Study’ Technique: What Teachers Can Learn From One Another

MindShift

She was the new principal of the O’Keeffe School of Excellence, an elementary school on Chicago’s South Side that had been struggling for years. This is a common complaint about the traditional approach to teacher professional development in the United States. Lesson Study at O’Keeffe.

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How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World

MindShift

This story about social studies instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades. Border Crossers trainers Ben Howort and Ana Duque are both former elementary school teachers.

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Why Oregon teachers despise the Smarter Balanced tests

eSchool News

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

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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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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The Limits of Curriculum Choice

Digital Promise

The study sample included almost 6,000 schools and over 1,200 teachers across the six states. The elementary math textbook market is concentrated, but market share for specific texts varies by state.

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

Saving Socrates

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

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

Not to get too in the weeds about that process, but essentially I’m looking at Next Generation Science standards, Colorado Social Studies Standards, and Common Core as I build each block.

Tons of Materials for Using Mentor Texts in Writing Workshop for Small Moments!

Kleinspiration

An Elementary Unit for Writing Workshop Using Owl Moon When Scholastic asked what book selection I''d like to have to work with my students this year, without hesitation, I asked for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. My school uses the units of study created by a team within our district.

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The Real Reasons Students Don't Give School Their All

Saving Socrates

On a microcosmic level this is important because we want our students to be able to learn the material independently for the rest of their lives and because we know there are certain skills each core subject intrinsically lends itself to conveying. I''d like to see schools, both high school and elementary school, rewriting their mission statements to focus on student goal setting in the global context. Common Core engagement Goal setting interdisciplinary PBL Student Driven UBD