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Focusing on implementing CCSS and SBAC at the school district level, the purpose of this product is to address the numerous and sometimes disparate “systems” that are barriers to coherent educational systems. The major components of a better system, according to the authors, include: leadership,...

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This state CCSS implementation plan is based on the premise that rethinking education is essential to operationalizing a state’s expectations and actions. The authors contend that “all elements of a standards-based education system have to be considered while simultaneously aligning system elements...

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The purpose of this brief is to summarize and organize the college and career readiness outcomes and measures that the National High School Center has collected as part of a scan of organizations involved in college and career readiness. The brief summarizes outcomes and measures of college and...

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These fours units are designed to give principals and teacher leaders professional learning resources and develop their ability to facilitate job-embedded, school-based professional learning. Complete with background information, tools, slides, and handouts, the four modules cover key topics in...

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The purpose of this parent brief from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is to help parents of students with disabilities work with their schools in making informed and helpful assessment accommodations decisions. The brief explains the differences between accommodations and...

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This Pocket Guide focuses on the implementation of school reforms related to college and career readiness in ESEA flexibility plan requirements. To prepare this guide, AIR researchers reviewed the 35 approved state ESEA flexibility plans to identify policies and practices relevant to college and...

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This report presents the results from a second-year survey of progress made by urban public school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards. The survey covers a wide range of implementation topics, including professional development activities in English language arts and math;...

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This publication says that “implementing the Common Core State Standards within a framework of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) will help ensure that all students have an evidence-based system of instruction to assist them in achieving success.” Using performance data and monitoring...

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The purpose of this document is to help facilitate ongoing networking between states, districts, educators, and parents. The state spotlights are also intended to be a quick reference document to support the sharing of innovative practices and lessons learned. Examples were chosen based on quality...

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According to the author, while the “Common Core’s complexity and enormity cannot be denied, it is much like the old adage about how to eat an elephant. Answer: One bite at a time.” In order to align the school district’s curriculum, instruction and assessments to the Common Core, the author...

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This publication says that English language learners (ELLs) face a double challenge: they must simultaneously learn how to acquire enough of a second language to participate in an academic setting while gaining an understanding of the knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines through that second...

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On February 27, 2014, the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) presented a train-the-trainer Webinar to provide district and school staff with guidance and resources to use when training teams of educators to individualize ELL...

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This website contains information and links to resources to help school districts and schools communicate about the Common Core State Standards. Users may search by topic or resource type. All information has been reviewed and highlighted with a goal of helping communicators and leaders to start...

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In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

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This report compares the performance of  United States 15-year-olds on PISA against global patterns and trends. The report analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. students on different types of mathematics tasks. It also reviews the relationship with the Common Core State Standards for...

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EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are 1) to increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS for elementary,...

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This primer is designed for state policymakers and advocates who are transitioning their assessment systems to gauge and support student mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Educators and other stakeholders might also use this resource to enhance their understanding of changing assessment...

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To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply implementing ambitious reforms in parallel--teacher...

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The America Achieves’ web site features video lesson modules in which teachers discuss lessons and Common Core implementation in their school. The site also features videos explaining the key instructional shifts associated with the CCSS; information and resources from the Educator Evaluating...

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In this five-page document, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) cautions educators against an overreliance on unpacking, unwrapping, or deconstructing (henceforth "unpacking") the Common Core State Standards, stating that 1) much of the content and conceptual understanding conveyed by...

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How can formative assessment enhance the teaching and learning of English language learner (ELL) students? What, if anything, from our experience with summative assessment of ELL students can inform effective formative assessment practices? And finally, what are the opportunities and challenges...

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State adoption of the Common Core State Standards prompted a number of geographically and politically diverse responses from state legislatures. This webpage provides links to information for state legislators and legislative staff on the CCSS covering the following topics: Overview of the Common...

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The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this list of free tools and resources to support state education agencies, districts, and educators during the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This document primarily lists resources developed by CCSSO and other...

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This report provides an international comparative analysis and policy advice to countries on how evaluation and assessment arrangements can be embedded within a consistent framework to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education. It builds upon a major 3-year review of evaluation...

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The Text Cover Sheet provides a space for teachers to analyze a text, then identify and record for instructional purposes (1) the standards addressed; (2) reading purposes and text content; and (3) text and language challenges and connections. It accompanies the resource Supporting Students in...

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In this article, Phillip Cohen argues that “creating effective assessment tasks requires thinking through curriculum content to establish learning outcomes, then designing performance activities that will allow students to demonstrate their achievement of those outcomes, and specifying criteria by...

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The National Center on Educational Outcomes recently launched a set of online learning modules designed to help educators look at important issues surrounding students who are English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities. Access to the modules and their content is free and open to all...

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This kit is designed to help school network teams prepare teachers and administrators for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The kit contains a facilitation guide and a full day presentation (including talking points) to provide participants with a clear understanding of the...

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The purpose of this publication from Achieve, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Education Counsel, is to provide states with a workbook to inform the transition to high-quality, College and Career Ready assessments, with a particular focus on the policy, legal, and technical...

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This policy brief was developed through a partnership with the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota and Achieve to provide guidance to state education policy leaders to help ensure that students with disabilities leave school with meaningful diplomas. The policy...

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