The CCSS open the door to success

Do you wish you could leverage the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to equip all students—not just high achievers—with the higher-level thinking skills they need? You can, and this book will show you how. The authors helped lead their district—Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York—in closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who completed four-year college programs. The results of their efforts show a remarkable increase in both excellence and equity in English language arts, math, and science. This book outlines the authors' research-based ACES framework for instructional improvement to help achieve similar results:

Acceleration rather than remediation; Critical thinking; Equity in education for all students; Support

Educators will find practical strategies that are applied and developed in model lessons linked to the CCSS and KSUS (Knowledge and Skills for University Success) standards. Understanding why we need to prepare all children to be college and career ready is easy. Making it happen is not. Learn from those who have succeeded, and your students will reap the rewards.

Introduction

Introduction

Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education. … And so the question is whether all of us—as citizens, and as parents—are willing to do what's necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.

President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 25, 2011

Each year, nearly two-thirds of all high school graduates enter postsecondary education as the first step in their adult lives. This is a wise choice given the highly competitive marketplace of the 21st century. As noted in President Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address quoted above, a high school diploma is no longer enough to compete in the new economy.

This was not always the case. During ...

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