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January 31, 2016
One of the earliest promises of the Common Core State Standards Initiative was the possibility of greater integration of concepts and skills across subject areas. While many teachers embraced this...
January 12, 2016
The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) has developed a series of resources to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and learning of College and Career...
December 08, 2015
A colleague of mine used to say there is “benign stress” and “killer stress.” She was convinced that it is a positive thing to undergo “benign stress” as we learn new things, but that when that...
November 12, 2015
New college- and career-readiness standards, and the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments aligned to them, are causing anxiety for many parents and guardians who don’t yet fully understand what has...
October 16, 2015
“I thought our school had a strong reading program, but it doesn’t include all the required Common Core reading selections. Do we have to find a whole new program?” “What do we need to look for in...
September 24, 2015
Formative Assessment: A process in which students and teachers use evidence to adapt teaching and learning to meet immediate learning needs minute-to-minute and day-by-day. Thompson & William (...
August 07, 2015
 Standards vs. Curriculum The Common Core tells you what to teach, doesn’t it? It’s simple. The standards list the desired learning outcomes, so just formulate tests with questions worded...
July 10, 2015
This is second in a series of posts about The Friday Institute's MOOCeds. Read the first part, MOOCs for Educators Using WestEd Resources, for an overview of the course format. As educators we strive...
June 26, 2015
Andy Latham, Director of WestEd's Center on Standards, Assessment, and Implementation, explores the effectiveness of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC exams in telling teachers what students have...
June 16, 2015
A few weeks ago my husband surprised me with an early birthday party. It was amazing, but during dinner the subject of the Common Core came up during my conversation with two guests, an architect and...

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