‘Deliberate ELA/Literacy Redundancies and Repetition’

The Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education has shared the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education report to help practitioners with CCR outcomes. Included in the report is a description of how the Common Core standards work within and across grade levels to promote literacy outcomes. From the report:

In some cases, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) repeat the very same skill level to level with little or no variation in wording or demand. Literacy skills by their nature are recursive; therefore, certain skills need to be covered at both lower and higher levels of learning, but applied to increasingly sophisticated contexts. So, for example, students are asked by the CCSS to determine the theme or central idea of a text, summarize a text, determine the meaning of words in context, and produce clear and coherent writing in several levels of learning as applied to more challenging texts.

Beginning on page 96 is a table with all the links. For example, Reading Anchor Standards 1 is closely associated to Writing Anchor Standard 9 and Speaking and Listening Anchor Standard 1. Or Reading Anchor 8 is matched with Writing Anchor 1 and Speaking and Listening Anchor 3. There are many other examples that can viewed by downloading the full report here.

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About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at coretaskproject@gmail.com
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