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High-Yield Routines for Grades K–8, released by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is a book that presents diverse mathematical routines recommended for use at a variety of grade levels and with a variety of mathematical content. The book also includes ideas for infusing...

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Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards wish to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Next Generation Arts Standards relate clearly and directly to the Common Core,...

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The Teaching Channel has over 1,000 videos of lesson ideas, teaching practices, and overviews, aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). More than 30 videos are focused on differentiating instruction. Lessons are submitted and reviewed prior to being published on the website. The website...

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This paper focuses on the structural elements of the kindergarten experience of American children and the new context of the Common Core standards. While a common set of high yet achievable goals, with appropriate supports to teachers and schools, can contribute to closing known achievement gaps at...

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In this essay, the author describes principles for equitable mathematics teaching practices for English Language Learners (ELLs) and outlines guidelines for materials to support such practices. The author says that although research cannot provide a recipe for equitable teaching practices for ELLs...

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Within months of the release of the final draft of the Common Core State Standards, forty-six states and the District of Columbia had adopted the CCSS standards for English language arts. Soon thereafter, districts and schools across most of the U.S. began the hard work of implementing those...

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WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

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This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

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This special issue of Education Week looks at the challenges that educators face in adapting the Common Core State Standards for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and gifted students. Articles include the implementation of the CCSS by teachers and schools, collaboration between...

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Published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes, this document looks at improving the validity of assessment results for English language learners with disabilities. This report presents five core principles of valid assessments for this population of students, along with a brief rationale...

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This article, published in American School magazine by the American School Board Journal, says that the goal of testing and assessment that will come with the Common Core is to encourage a more thoughtful approach to teaching and learning. The author says that that goal, however, is fraught with...

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This research examines the effects of both financial and non-financial rewards on student test scores, with important implications for high stakes tests. Through a series of field experiments involving thousands of primary and secondary school students, the researchers found substantial incentive...

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The Achieve the Core website, created by Student Achievement Partners, contains free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Developed in the spirit of collaboration, the website includes many tools designed to provide foundational...

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) launched a project in June 2012 in partnership with PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – and in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers – to design and implement an approach to digitally encode...

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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers the Policy Insider as a regularly updated blog, a complement to the weekly CEC digest which provides special and gifted education policy news. The CEC Policy Insider digest, which comes via e-mail every Wednesday, is a round-up of stories from the...

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Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core. Concerns about the cost of the consortia’s tests likely stem in part from a sense of uncertainty because the consortia have...

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How can we help English language learners successfully meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? This resource section offers ideas and materials including classroom videos, teacher interviews, and bilingual parent tips.

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This study examined the ways in which educators across the WIDA Consortium use WIDA’s English language proficiency standards, and in particular the model performance indicators (MPIs). Thirty-nine educators from 14 districts across seven of WIDA’s states participated in the study. These states...

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On April 12, 2012, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction.” Presenters Meredith and David Liben, ELA instructional specialists and professional...

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This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

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The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

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Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

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This publication says that “superintendents and school boards in particular, with support from public relations executives in their districts, have a critical role to play in educating families, staff, and the public about these changes.” This resource guide attempts to help urban school districts...

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In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

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Two surveys, reflecting the views of more than 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, show that the majority of the nation’s elementary and middle-level principals strongly agree that CCSS will provide more meaningful assessments of student learning, increase students’ skill mastery...

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This article seeks to provide guidance for schools and teachers interested in using data to improve students’ mathematics achievement. The article covers types of data uses, structural supports for data use, and steps in data use.

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This study examines the leadership strategies of principals to increase knowledge about how principals may effectively lead faculty in using data. The authors address two research questions: 1.What is a research-based set of strategies that principals may employ in leading their faculty to use data...

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In this Education Week opinion piece, the author argues that the adoption of the Common Core State Standards offers a key moment to take advantage of formative assessment benefits, saying that the formative assessment process helps students to master curricular content and increase student...

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This state CCSS implementation plan identifies major phases and activities in the implementation of the CCSS throughout California’s educational system. The plan describes the philosophy of and strategies for the successful integration of new kindergarten through grade twelve academic content...

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These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

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