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October 2013


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Common Core Update
Top Stories

Six States to Get Common-Core Implementation Support

Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming will join the "Improving Student Learning at Scale Collaborative." The National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Higher Education Executive Officers group joined in making the announcement-all four groups will provide a grant to the states as part of the project, and their staff will provide technical assistance as well.


Assessment Consortia: Who's In And Who's Out?

For a long time now, EdWeek has been running a map of consortium membership. To date, a few states dropped out of the consortia. A few more are undecided about their testing plans, but still belong to the consortia. One (Pennsylvania) still belongs to both PARCC and Smarter Balanced, but has announced that it has no intention of using either group's tests. The EdWeek's assessment consortium map has been updated with the latest clarifications.

Most Popular MOOCs in China? Think Modeling, Math, and Finance

Coursera, one of the better-known providers of massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, recently announced a partnership with a Chinese company, NetEase, to speed up the access that students in the Asian country have to its Web-based videos. So which of Coursera's classes are proving most popular in the country of 1.3 billion? The following list offers some insights on where the demand for online materials is now, and where demand for education overall may be headed:


1. Model Thinking

2. Introduction to Finance

3. Machine Learning

4. Algorithims, Design and Analysis

5. Algorithims, Part 1

6. Game Theory

7. Probabilistic Graphical Models

8. Introduction to Interactive Programming

9. Think Again (How to Reason and Argue)

10. Introduction to Logic


 Who Is an 'English-Language Learner'?

If a U.S. student learning English were to drive across the country, he would find that in some states he would be classified an "English-language learner," eligible to receive extra support. In other states, the same student would not qualify for the special help. The label matters, because under the federal Civil Rights Act, schools are required to provide English-language learners with additional services to ensure they master English as well as the material other students are learning. Now that nearly all the states have agreed to adopt common standards, some states are striving for a common definition of an English-language learner.

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Common Core Update  




The confusion and debate surrounding Common Core has prompted several companies to conduct surveys in order to learn more about the general public's understanding and opinions of this initiative.


While the results show a general split on political views of the initiative, it was also determined that about 1/3rd of Americans with children have never heard of the Common Core and those who had had limited knowledge about the standards.


As the Nationwide debate continues over political views, so does the confusion for publishers, teachers, and parents. Out of the 48 states who have adopted the Common Core, some have chosen to implement in phases by subject and grade range, while others have yet to implement at all. Projections for full implementation are for the 2014-2015 school year when new assessments will be available.


Additionally states who initially opted for adoption in a chance to enter and win Race to the Top funds are now struggling to find a way to pay for the implementation. States who did not receive funds also do not have a budget to cover the cost for making the change. In some cases states are beginning to push back, looking for a resolution to reject the implementation due to the financial implications on their budget.


For more details about the surveys, please visit any of the following sites. For more information on the status of Common Core adoption and implementation, please visit our website at EdGate Correlation Services.



Common Core Education in Muddy Waters


PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools


Survey shows parent, educator support of Common Core


Common Core FAQ's


Common Core Myths vs. Facts


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Standards Update 


Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:  


� California - Early Childhood Education (Volume 3 - 2013)

� Common Core Essential Elements - Language Arts (2013)

� Common Core Essential Elements - Mathematics (2013)

� Head Start - Early Childhood Education (Revised 2011)

� National Curriculum for England - Health and PE (2013)

� Newfoundland & Labrador - Language Arts (2013)

� Virginia - Early Childhood Education (2013)

� Virginia - Media/Technology (2013)

� U.S. National - Early Childhood Education (Revised 2011)

� Utah Mathematics Secondary Courses (2013)

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