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Interested in what assessment

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Interested in what assessment could look like? Check out this website which is part of the South Australian Certificate of Education. We have been using an assessment system for years that is suitable for your CCSS. Have a look at the assessment document for this Stage 2 (Year 12) Biology topic Ecosystems (http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/biology/). The wide range of different styles of questions is something lacking in the US education system. I find them to be good assessment tasks ... and they help guide teachers in their choice of how and what to teach.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

New Hampshire Public Radio

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New Hampshire Public Radio did an interesting series of pieces on the ways that schools in New Hampshire were getting ready for the Common Core. (You can hear the culminating piece here: http://nhpr.org/post/coming-common-core) One thing that seemed clear, even then, was that teachers who were comfortable with good pbl and/ or interdisciplinary instruction felt more prepared. I'm curious to see if that trend has been born out.

Community Manager at Edutopia

It's a been almost a year

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It's a been almost a year since this blog post was first published, and people are now living with Common Core. I would be interested to know how it's been going for the Edutopia community.

Teachers, parents, administrator--What are you finding? What's changed for you, and how is your school, district, state adapting?

Kinder through 5th grade science teacher

Response to Jim Kelly

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I think that the text book is a big part of the problem with meeting the new standards that are set up by the CCSS. I know in my school the text books do not allign with the standards at all, and alot of the things that need to be taught are not even a part of the text book. I donot see how the CCSS can be successfully rolled out when the disrticts are not ready to receive them.

Providing OER resource links to improve k-12th grade mathematics.

Why teachers, why not judge textbooks ?

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While teachers are the "Managers" of classroom information, their primary resource is still the classroom textbook (be it in paper or online form). Where is the survey on well textbooks are doing to meet standards? Teachers can only be as effective as the resources they have to work with.

Executive Director of FairTest

This from the just released

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This from the just released new MET survey of teachers, as reported on the Washington Post Answer Sheet. Teachers are not buying that CC will improve education.

*Teachers and principals are more likely to be very confident that teachers have the ability to implement the Common Core (53% of teachers; 38% of principals) than they are very confident that the Common Core will improve the achievement of students (17% of teachers; 22% of principals) or better prepare students for college and the workforce (20% of teachers; 24% of principals)."

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Great question Stephanie. I

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Great question Stephanie. I interact daily with many many educators that are confused by the CCSS. The CCSS really are just the end objectives (kind of like at the end of this year, you'll need to do x). The means are the curricula created to achieve these new standards. WIth that said, developing different curricula is definitely ok (and encouraged!) if they achieve the same standards defined by CCSS.

We're actually in the midst of releasing a free guide that describes the CCSS in more detail and manages to shrink the 80 page document to 10 pages (and that's really 2-3 pages if it wasn't nicely designed with big images).

More to come and thanks again for the great question -- it inspired an interesting talk within our team here at Edutopia.

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The district where I teach has adopted the CCSS in the areas of English language arts and Math. While adopted the new standards, many commitees were formed within the county to write curriculum. I find this some what confusing as a first year teacher. The state of Georgia adopts the CCSS and we call it CCGPS. Then our county changes around the order of the curriculum and writes new curriculum in the other content areas to fit with the CCGPS. From what I have seen this year the CCSS has a lot to over and definately provokes a more indepth thought process.

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If each county is taking the adopted materials and creating their own supplimentary materials, will the curriculum be the same from state to state when they are done adjusting it?

Supervisor of Social Studies and Technology

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My district held a Common Core PLC last summer. This group had an overall training and content specific training. by Common Core presenters. The PLC became the trainers for their schools. A common core monthly meeting is held to focus on a specific area that is then turn keyed to school staff monthly. The PLC consist of teachers, administrators, directors and supervisors. The math and EL curriculums have been aligned to the common core. Other departments have been provided professional development on their role in the common core. Professional deveolopment is ongoing throughout the district.

StephanieIn my state -

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Stephanie

In my state - Kentucky - we worked in Regional Content Networks to better understand the intended learning of each standard. We then used a process from Classroom Assessment for Learning to break down the knowledge, reasoning, performance skills and products required by each standard. For those of us involved directly with the process, I think after incredibly lengthy debate, the intent of the standards are clear. If I need a reminder, I return to the deconstructed standards posted on our website, write the common assessment and then think about what instruction students will need. Ideally, we want this process to occur in Professional Learning Teams because the deep understanding can occur only when we "grapple" with qualified colleagues. I know this process is not happening in many of our schools because teachers continue to use the materials and resources they have used for years and they are not adjusting their assessments and instruction. At this rate, I fear we will never get to the place where ALL teachers have a deep understanding of what students need to be able to do to be successful. As for me, I am providing feedback to teachers and principals daily.

I really appreciate your blog

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I really appreciate your blog on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In my district we've been doing a lot of work around CCSS. At my site we've begun informing our school community about what's coming down the pike to help them better prepare for the change. The verbiage in which you used to describe CCSS, has helped me to better articulate the ideas behind CCSS to fellow teachers, my students and my parent community. I've already started implementing some of the strategies into my instruction. However, I'm finding that my number one challenge is the time. I've spent countless hours finding and creating instructional materials and homework to align to the revised standards. I guess that's going to have to be something we work on as a district. But does that mean each district and state creates their own supplemental instructional materials. Doesn't that take away from the idea that we are going to be moving in a common direction?

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