Common Core Curriculum & Assessments The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is engaging teachers, administrators, and education experts across the State and nation in the creation of curriculum resources, instructional materials, professional development materials, samples of test questions, test specifications, and other test-related materials that will help with the transition to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). United States Map Showing States that Adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)(New York State Adopted the CCSS on July 19, 2010) In order to assist schools and districts with the implementation of the Common Core, NYSED has provided curricular modules and units in P-12 ELA and math that can be adopted or adapted for local purposes. Full years of curricular materials are currently availableon EngageNY, for grades Kindergarten through 9th grade in Mathematicsand Kindergarten through 8th grade in English Language Arts (ELA).
Basal Alignment Project Free, Common Core-aligned lessons for 3rd-5th grade basal reading series. Lesson revisions currently available for: HMH CollectionsHMH JourneysHMH Medallion/ReadingHMH Nation’s ChoiceHMH StoryTownHMH TrophiesMH Imagine It!MH Open CourtMH TreasuresMH Treasures (CA)Pearson Reading Street Get involved!
Eight problems with Common Core Standards Correction: The original post said incorrectly that the Common Core was written with no public dialogue or feedback from experienced educators. The post now says there was insufficient public dialogue and feedback from experienced educators. This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. By Marion Brady E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s book, “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know,” was published March 1, 1987. Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection Central to the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy is reading, writing, speaking and listening grounded in text. CCSS aligned assessment and instruction requires texts be of quality—that is, worth reading and re-reading, and capable of supporting rigorous questions grounded in evidence from the text. Inherent in the standards is the need to engage students in texts of appropriate complexity for their grade level and to direct student attention to the complexity of the texts.
5 Big EdTech Trends Worth Knowing About The EDTech industry is yet in its infancy and is expected to grow cumulatively at the rate of 23 percent in the next five years. It is anticipated to be a $255 billion global business in the next 5 years (by 2017) as per GSV Advisors. E-learning is undoubtedly the future of the education industry. While the future is yet to unfold itself, we have a countdown of some interesting tidbits from the year 2013. The Runner Up: MOOCs If the most promising contestant of the year is to be awarded to e learning, the runner up award for 2013 is bagged by MOOCs. Video: Text-based Answers This is an 11 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 4 –Text Based Answers. By unpacking Shift 4, the discussion addresses what it takes to create opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text.
TeachLearnTech ‘Tis the season and all, but it’s not really that kind of a story. Not that kind of epiphany. Or maybe it is. I guess it just depends on what’s important to you, and for some people “the” Epiphany is a big deal. And since teaching’s important to me, this story of two epiphanies is pretty important personally. Video: Aligning Curricular Materials This is a four minute video in which David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, describes an exemplary module that he and his fellow authors have designed. After watching this video and reading the Publishers’ Criteria and accompanying rubric, educators might select curricular material and assess it using the expectations articulated in the Publishers’ Criteria and measured through the rubrics. In what ways do these curricular materials meet this high bar for Common Core alignment? In what ways can their alignment be improved?