Monthly Archives: May 2013

Common Core Practice Test Released

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released practiced tests for the Common Core State Standards. There are practice tests for grades 3rd through 8th and 11th grade in math and ELA. Each test has 50 problems and there is also … Continue reading

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills

At the Center for Teaching Quality, Bill Ferriter describes strategies for teaching nonfiction skills (here).  Each strategy also comes with a handout to assist students with using the skill. The skills include becoming active readers; determining how quotes effect a … Continue reading

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Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common Core

The original post with these materials became corrupted and the links would not open. Thanks for your patience as we rebuilt the links. On May 20th and 21st, educators moved through a new course offering—Advancing Literacy Practice with the Common … Continue reading

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Are Your Materials Aligned to CCSS?

A popular question is, “How do I know if the resources I am using are aligned to the Common Core?” One way to assist with finding this answer is to use the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons and Units (3rd through … Continue reading

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May 23, 2013 CTP Session Resources

The last session of Core Task Project, for the 2012-2013 was completed with teachers working through the resources listed below. The CTP will continue to be offered next year with sessions scheduled for September 12th 2013, November 7th 2013, and … Continue reading

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SBAC Fact Sheet

If you are trying to get a general sense of how many of our students will be assessing in 2014-2015, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has a released a fact sheet detailing key parts of their next generation assessment.  Readers … Continue reading

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CCSS Questions and Answers

Sandra Alberti, the Director of State and District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners, shares several important answers, to questions many of us have been asking. The answers come from a presentation done in Illinois last week. How … Continue reading

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