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Formative Assessment and Self-Directed Learning: Creating a Classroom for Success

With the rise of the Common Core, we are living in an age where rigorous math and science coursework are becoming the standard. However, it is important that we not overlook the importance of teaching strong writing skills. Handwriting plays a large part in helping students retain information, but the skill of writing itself plays a critical role in the learning process. With the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments, students aren’t just being tested with multiple choice problems anymore; they are required to write essays and short answers. Recognizing ...

Teachers Need Common Core Training

Interesting survey out from AFT on Common Core regarding teacher preparation for implementation. Here are the stats: 75% of teachers approve of common core - note to policy people that teachers do really know what students need and even though this is a ton of work for teachers, they support the common core! 74% of teachers are very worried or fairly worried that the assessments will begin before they have been able to fully align their instructional practice - this is what prompted ...

Common Core Resource Access tops 24,000

The traffic has not let up to the open resources for common core that have been posted on our website and we are getting great feedback from educators everywhere who are looking for common core lessons.  Over 24,000 visits to common core site and 12,000 visits to the common core lessons in just 3 weeks! Phenomenal response.  But we knew that - we are hearing from teachers everywhere that they are tired of hearing about the big shifts and want to know what they need to do in classroom to ...

Over 6,000 Educators Access Common Core Resources

The response to the fully open online educator resources for common core state standard implementation has been incredible. Over 6,000 educators came to the site in just the first day! Many school districts and states have put links up to make it easy to find the training, content and lessons that NMSI has built with PARCC to help all states implement common core in the classroom.   But 6,000 is not enough - we need all educators to prepare for the core so we are asking for your help in ...

Common Core Assessment Length!

EdWeek has a great summary of the PARCC and Smarter Balance Common Core assessment times - Assessment Consortium Release Testing Time Estimates. Test will take up to 10 hours and schools will have a 20 day window to complete the tests. There will probably be some intense discussion but what we really need to remember is that if we have great common core teacher training AND we give students and opportunity to practice, students can be prepared and we can see much greater detail of student ability.  Catherine Gewertz summary provide ...

Are Teachers Ready for Common Core?

Great new survey out by Edweek, albeit only for less than 600 respondents, on how we are preparing teachers for the Common Core state standards - you can see the infographic here. Bottom line - we need to get moving on implementation if we have any hope at all creating the potential gains in college readiness that common core can bring.  A big part of the problem is school districts don't know what they don't know. Many are assuming that they have high standards already so this will not really ...

Common Core - shining the harsh light

First Kentucky and now Georgia.  States are starting to provide data on assessments that are more closely aligned to common core state standards and the results indicate that we might finally stop lying to students and be truthful about where they are on college readiness.  For years we have told students they are proficient when in reality we just kept lowering the cut score to be proficient.  Kentucky gave their version of the test and less than half are proficient and now edweek reports the same thing happened on math ...

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