• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Transform your school using tested core curriculum practices Adopting the Common Core State Standards is the beginning of a long journey to equity and excellence for all students. This book guides leaders in successfully implementing the CCSS, which will ultimately result in continuous quality improvement in schools. The author addresses these key issues and more:Transitioning schools and districts to align with the CCSSCommunicating to teachers and parents regarding the CCSSDetermining which teaching and learning practices need to changeGarnering resources and support for reformsSeveral timesaving and supportive professional learning resources are provided, including guiding questions, an annotated bibliography, and a list of helpful references.

Next-Generation Assessment Systems
Next-generation assessment systems

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

—Albert Einstein

Many educators refer to this quote by Albert Einstein when describing the challenges and frustrations they feel toward high-stakes standardized testing and its impact on day-to-day teaching and learning. Teachers often complain how testing can narrow the curriculum, limit the variety of student learning opportunities, emphasize only basic skills, and fail to measure higher-level thinking. Teachers feel that they support students in learning so much more than what is reflected on test scores. The majority of teachers do not teach in subjects and grade levels that are tested at the state level, but they feel the pressure to side with colleagues who do.

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