The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with high-quality, challenging texts so that they will achieve key goals of College and Career Ready Standards by being able to read, comprehend, and evaluate increasingly complex text independently. This Spotlight centers on the CSAI produced resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading. It also includes examples, multi-media tools, and further reading on the subject of close reading.
Educational achievement is a pressing issue today for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. National and state assessment results show that AI/AN youth underperform compared to their peers in other groups. Across the board, AI/AN students graduate from high school at a lower rate and drop out of school at a higher rate. The animation and resources below discuss in detail the AI/AN achievement gap.
The Framework is a compilation of ideas and lessons learned from a variety of sources, most recently the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation plans. The Framework provides a general model for implementing new or revised content standards. The Framework is labeled as version 1.0, recognizing that it may evolve and be updated based on user feedback.
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Teach Plus, a non-profit organization working to keep effective teachers in urban classrooms, recently released a study that surveyed over 1000 teachers in several states on their evaluation of the PARCC assessment sample questions. The majority of teachers surveyed thought that the PARCC assessments were better than the tests that their states used to have. To read the study, visit Teach Plus.
Colleges and universities in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington will use the Smarter Balanced high school scores as evidence that students are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing courses and may be exempted from remedial courses. For more information, please click on the link above.
Enter this competition to write a collection of ten items based on the Common Core that teachers can use to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses in algebra. The goals of this competition are to (1) create collections of items that can be used by teachers to aid with formative assessment; (2) identify educators who know the standards well and are able to translate standards into complex and thoughtful tasks; and (3) create a community of learners engaged in the process of changing the lives of students. Register to participate by May 17, 2015.