Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

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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. 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. Depth of understanding was hailed by its architects as a cornerstone of the Common Core, a set of educational guidelines for what students need to know in each grade in English and math that have been adopted in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

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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 part of our push toward integrating technology and the Common Core, we adopted a new curriculum in grades K-5, called Stepping Stones , which combines print books with online student activities and a central portal for teachers.

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

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. The Texas standards aren’t the same as the Common Core State Standards, adopted by more than 40 states. It’s actually illegal to teach Common Core in Texas. Related: How the Department of Defense schools are teaching their version of Common Core math.

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.

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., 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. This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. Read more about the Common Core.

Colorado Releases Results of Second Year of Common Core Tests

K-12 Schools - Education News

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons). Information released in Colorado has revealed that fewer than 90% of 7th- through 10th-graders in the academic year 2015-2016 took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in math, English language arts, social studies, and science — but it’s too early to tell much about what the exam results indicate. K-12 Schools Colorado Education Common Core PARCC Testing

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

The Hechinger Report

The results from those new Common Core tests – designed explicitly to look for the skills kids need in college, namely critical thinking, problem solving and analytical writing skills – have been held up as proof of the persistence of deep-seated disparities in the education provided to poor students and children of color. Related: Common Core tests will widen achievement gap — at first. But now they are asking me ‘can you come in and watch my social studies lesson?’”.

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. In many cases, students get so excited by exploring their reading options that organic conversations can happen on topics they’re studying as a class.

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.

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. Yet it’s hard to determine from looking at the state’s testing data how successful schools have been in closing the achievement gap between these students and their peers since Common Core was implemented.

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.

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. Lalaine Perez Just a short drive away, Mónica Ruiz, principal at Chula Vista’s Montgomery Elementary, was facing her own math struggles. 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. Lalaine Perez Just a short drive away, Mónica Ruiz, principal at Chula Vista’s Montgomery Elementary, was facing her own math struggles. Pilot Study Brief from Digital Promise. Post-Pilot Results : Succeeding with Common Core—Levered's 2018-19 survey.

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. Encourage schools to offer additional secondary-level computer science courses that will allow interested students to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the work force or college. CUE Advocacy Update.

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. As a parent of two elementary students (first and third grade) in Staten Island, NY, I witness daily the negative impacts that Common Core and standardized testing, under the guise of education reform, are having on them. Common Core education education reform Opinion

?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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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. The problem is there simply is not enough time to spend days or weeks studying one topic unless changes are made. If we want to prepare students for the Common Core and lifelong learning, we can’t keep adding to the curriculum.

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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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 The folks at ReadWriteThink are doing a nice job turning a number of their language-based web tools into apps- that are free, to boot.

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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. Every article includes three differentiated layers targeted to elementary, middle and high school reading levels so that each student can interact with the text. common core curriculet digital Reading

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. Of importance, this study also indicates that “other, more student-centered activities (i.e., For many concepts in elementary math, it is the skill or procedure itself upon which understanding is built.

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. Students can spend as much time on the tests as they wish, but testing officials say they take about seven hours for elementary students and 8 ½ for high school juniors. Assessments McClatchy News Preparing for Common Core Assessments Top News

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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‘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. One of the O’Keeffe assistant principals had recently learned about an approach to professional development called “lesson study” in a class taught by a Japanese professor. Bringing Lesson Study to Chicago.

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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. Knowing that improving the quality of math discussion in their classrooms won’t be easy, educators are applying the “lesson study” technique to improve their craft. 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 is a familiar math lesson scene, but on this day there are five other adults in the room — including two Sanchez teachers — observing how students tackle the problem as part of Wolak’s lesson study group. This kind of detailed observation of student work is the focus of a kind of professional development called lesson study.

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The Limits of Curriculum Choice

Digital Promise

But in the first multi-state effort to measure textbook efficacy since the implementation of the Common Core, researchers at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University saw no difference in the average fourth- and fifth-grade math achievement gains of schools using different elementary math textbooks. The study sample included almost 6,000 schools and over 1,200 teachers across the six states.

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. In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. Starting and running a school…it’s a lot. It keeps me busy and thoroughly exhausted. I miss it. I miss the cadence of posting regularly and interacting with my education friends virtually.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

Each article lists the Common Core Standards it meets, and the grade levels it is appropriate for. The homepage includes the most up-to-date content, but students also have the option to read articles based on a passion they have (science, social studies, world events, environment, fun, video, or sports) or to search for a specific topic.

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

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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. Her ability to paint a vivid picture for her audience is a skill I share with my young authors throughout our studies of writing personal narratives, or small moments. 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