Promoting Data in the Classroom Click here to view PDF This report explores the use of student achievement data to improve classroom instruction. The paper, Promoting Data in the Classroom: Innovative State Models and Missed Opportunities , highlights examples from two states, Oregon and Delaware, of federally funded, state-driven efforts to equip teachers with the tools they need to utilize student data. The No Child Left Behind Act launched a decade of development in state educational data systems, and since its passage, states and school districts have produced reams of student achievement data each year. This report from the New America Foundation offers federal policymakers a view into two states’ federally funded efforts to implement data systems that work for teachers. The report includes: The federal government requires the collection of significant amounts of student data, but fails to provide any coherent policy to provide those data to teachers or to encourage teachers to use the data in classrooms.
109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Category 109 Common Core Resources For Teachers By Content Area The transition to the Common Core Standards is likely the single most significant change in the last 10 years in American public education. While the English-Language Arts and Math haven’t changed, what the standards say about those content areas–and their relative complexity and rigor–are indeed different. In a recent survey, you let us know you wanted more Common Core resources and support, so we’re going to ramp up our Common Core resources over the summer of 2013, including this list of various Common Core resources, separated by content area. 32 Common Core Resources For Teaching English Articles Journals Videos 22. 37 Common Core Resources For Teaching Science 1. 28. Videos 32. 40 Common Core Resources For Teaching Math 1. Journals 23. Videos 31.
LANGUAGE Live - Launch into Accelerated Literacy Learning Designed specifically to meet the higher expectations of the CCSS, LANGUAGE!® Live is a comprehensive literacy solution that combines teacher-directed learning with personalized, adaptive instruction in an online social environment. The curriculum was developed to reach readers in grades 4-12 who are two or more years below grade level. Learn about the powerful and innovative LANGUAGE! See LANGUAGE! An Ocean of Unknowns Click here to view PDF What is the best way to use data to measure teacher impact on student learning? States and school districts are attempting to navigate these uncharted waters. Determining growth measures for these grades is among the most complex pieces of teacher evaluation reform. This paper provides a snapshot of how student achievement data are being used in teacher evaluation systems today and illuminates the issues causing states and school districts the most struggles. Sources: New America Foundation; National Council on Teacher Quality; Education Week; U.S. The first approach, student learning objectives (SLOs), centers on a teacher's students. Opportunities with SLOs: They foster school-level collaboration and shared priorities.They can help improve instruction.They can help teachers better meet individual student needs.They can support a more well-rounded curriculum.They attain teacher support. Risks with SLOs: Opportunities with Shared Assessments: Recommendations
Thinkfinity Browse Resources Verizon Foundation proudly partners with some of the country’s top educational organizations to provide you with the latest topics, tools and trends in education. Created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ARTSEDGE provides resources and examples for teachers to teach in, through and about the arts. The site includes lesson plans, advocacy and professional development resources, and up-to-date information on arts programs from around the world. Visit ARTSEDGE Developed by the Council for Economic Education, EconEdLink provides teachers and students with lessons and classroom learning activities based on economics topics in the news and real-time economics data. Visit EconEdLink Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities, EDSITEment features lesson plans and additional classroom resources about art and culture, literature and language arts, foreign language, history and social studies. Visit EDSITEment Visit Illuminations Visit ReadWriteThink
THE GREAT DIVIDE - Opinionator The French economist Thomas Piketty swept across the United States last week with a dire warning: Income inequality isn’t going to go away, and it probably will get worse. Only policies that directly address the problem — in particular, progressive taxation — can help us change course. At a panel discussion in Washington of Piketty’s new blockbuster, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the American economist Robert Solow, who served on President Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, took the long view as he formulated his response to the idea of trying to democratize ownership of capital in our country. “Good luck with that,” he said. Most people, asked whether parental involvement benefits children academically, would say, “of course it does.” Over the past few years, we conducted an extensive study of whether the depth of parental engagement in children’s academic lives improved their test scores and grades. Javier Jaén When the G.I. Something else began to happen around 1980.
Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is here and teachers are trying to figure out how to best integrate it into their tried-and-true lessons. They’re struggling to integrate technology to best augment CCSS. They are in desperate need of classroom materials that they can trust. Like a superhero, the U.S. Library of Congress has just swooped in and unveiled an enormous new (and free!) Common Core Resources You can now do a ‘ Search By Standards ‘ query which lets you do exactly that. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Professional Development Tools There are professional development tools that are sorted by grade level, ease of use, and written in plain English. Classroom Materials Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction. Learn More
No Rich Child Left Behind Javier Jaén Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities and school leadership positions, higher graduation rates and higher rates of college enrollment and completion. Whether you think it deeply unjust, lamentable but inevitable, or obvious and unproblematic, this is hardly news. It is true in most societies and has been true in the United States for at least as long as we have thought to ask the question and had sufficient data to verify the answer. What is news is that in the United States over the last few decades these differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially. If not the usual suspects, what’s going on? Sean F.
lib20 / workshop-commoncore Workshop: Friday May 11, 2012 8:30-3:30 Sponsored by: Dutchess, Orange/Ulster, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster BOCES SLS Workshop Description: During this workshop you will learn about a variety of Web 2.0 technologies that can support the student learning in the context of the Common Core Learning Standards. Focus will be on Web 2.0 tools that support the writing, reading, speaking, listening and vocabulary activities. You'll have an opportunity to explore a wide range of tools, share your ideas about how tools can be used and collaborate with your colleagues. Key Phrases from Common Core Standards Communicate & collaborateResearch, read & reflectResearch to build knowledgeResearch to present knowledgeTake notes and categorize informationSummarize and paraphrase informationVocabulary acquisitionComprehension of text and speakers Background Reading , Resources, Sample lesson plans Blogs : Blogs can be written by either an individual or by multiple authors. Lists of More Tools!
Reforming the Teacher Profession: From Consequences to Collaboration | NewAmerica.net Much of the discussion around the President’s 2014 education budget has centered on proposed initiatives for universal pre-K and a $1 billion Race to the Top competition for college affordability and completion. Compared to these bold new proposals, K-12 education seems to have drawn the short straw. The U.S. Department of Education could see some new or expanded programming for K-12 – additional money for the Promise Neighborhoods program, a new competitive grant competition for high school redesign, and an expanded School Turnaround Grants program – but nothing like what it has outlined for very young and adult learners. The lack of banner initiatives for K-12 belies the attention that the Department has paid to the issue of teacher professionalism and evaluation over the past year. We would be remiss not to mention that issues of teacher evaluation and accountability have stirred a lot of public attention this year.
Rubrics for the Common Core Educators are busy re-mapping and re-working curriculum at all levels to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As I began to take a look at this monumental initiative, I decided a way I might help was to identify the rubrics that have been developed thus far for assessment of these standards. Some states started earlier than others with this project and I am sure additional resources will be showing up on the Web soon! Here are the rubric links that I have located thus far: I also found two rubrics for reviewing lessons and units for the CCSS:As I find additional ones, I will be adding them to my Assessment and Rubrics page. Have you come across any other useful tools to support the CCSS? Has your district created a series of rubrics in ELA or Math?