Monthly Archives: July 2013

Conservatives for Common Core

Conservatives for Higher Standards has created a website detailing their support the Common Core State Standards.  The website explains why groups, traditionally skeptical of large educational initiatives, favor the CCSS effort. You can access the website here which includes sections … Continue reading

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Scoring Guides for SBAC Practice Tests

In May we linked to the SBAC Practice Test (here). SBAC has subsequently released scoring guides for each grade level test that you can find here. The scoring guides are available for ELA and math and include sample responses to … Continue reading

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The Limitations of Using Readability Scores

Relying on the quantitative features of text complexity can be limiting and misleading. This is nicely demonstrated in a video posted by Montgomery County Public Schools (here) in which viewers learn how changing two words in a passage lowers the … Continue reading

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Getting Kids Hooked on Non-Fiction Books

“Building knowledge is building literacy.” Robert Pondiscio is quoted as saying in  Holly Korbey’s article profiling rich non-fiction titles. Apart from making the case for having students read informational texts, Korbey, lists a number of titles that educators may want … Continue reading

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Advancing Literacy Practice with the Core

Washoe educators moved through a third offering of the inservice course, Advancing Literacy Practice with the Core. The 15-hour class touches on a number of important features of the CCSS that enable practitioners to match classroom practice to the standards, … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Students to be Informed Citizens

Robert Pondiscio, in an editorial for CNN, describes the importance of teaching civics and history in our public schools. Although the Common Core are not referenced specifically, Pondiscio helps build the case for why all of our students should have … Continue reading

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Sound Instruction Instead of ‘Test Preparation’

New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt led a discussion for the Hamilton Project on “the economic imperative of expanding college opportunities.” At minute 34:08 the panelists are asked how ACT and SAT can mitigate for the advantages affluent … Continue reading

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