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    1. Stanford teams up with San Francisco schools to prepare math teacher-leaders | Stanford

      Stanford teams up with San Francisco schools to prepare math teacher-leaders | Stanford

      Schools and districts across the United States are being challenged by new education standards to improve the quality of math teaching and learning. While understanding math facts is a fundamental part of learning, for students to meet the Common Core State Standards teachers must also incorporate mathematical thinking and problem solving into their instruction.

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    2. Marvin Cadornigara explains why learning Science is more exciting because of CCSS | FilAm

      Marvin Cadornigara explains why learning Science is more exciting because of CCSS | FilAm

      It was another one of those assignments in Science class. The students were asked to submit a ‘project-based science inquiry.’ A Filipino American student, together with her classroom partner, presented a paper on Jose Rizal as an environmentalist. In that report, the students described how the Philippine National Hero, an ophthalmologist, was able to discover a species of flying lizard while he was in exile in Dapitan.

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    3. Students take online Common Core test with minimal interruptions | EdSource

      Students take online Common Core test with minimal interruptions | EdSource

      After the state invested nearly $27 million since January to help schools shore up their Internet connections, millions of students have been able to take new online assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards this spring with minimal technical interruptions. That’s according to the California Department of Education.

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    4. Schools face challenge of explaining test results to parents | EdSource

      Schools face challenge of explaining test results to parents | EdSource

      As school districts wrap up administering new online assessments aligned with the Common Core, educators now face another challenge: how best to share with millions of parents how their children fared on the tests. At stake is whether parents – and by extension students themselves – will be able to understand what the scores on the new tests mean.

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    5. Students get extra help to cope with Common Core’s new language demands | EdSource

      Students get extra help to cope with Common Core’s new language demands | EdSource

      For the Common Core State Standards to fulfill their promise to prepare all students for college and careers, many California youth will need extra help to improve their language skills, say educators and advocates in diverse regions of the state. Specifically, they worry that the instruction aligned with the new, more rigorous standards will create disproportionate hurdles for students, especially English learners, who may lack the language skills to meet new expectations.

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    6. Students in handful of California schools opt out of Common Core tests | EdSource

      Students in handful of California schools opt out of Common Core tests | EdSource

      Junior Hayley Krolik of Palo Alto was simply too busy and stressed out to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The 17-year-old student at one of the nation’s highest-ranked schools had two Advanced Placement tests coming up. She was taking the SATs on Saturday. Plus, she was losing out on study time because of a youth group retreat the previous weekend.

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    7. How Much do Parents Know About the Common Core? [Spanish]| Univision

      How Much do Parents Know About the Common Core? [Spanish]| Univision

      Adopted four years ago, districts and schools have been working ever since to bring themselves and parents up to speed on the new and more rigorous standards. In this segment (Spanish only), Univision Reporter Melissa Hernanez looks at whether or not efforts to inform Silicon Valley's Spanish speaking community about the new standards have succeeded and what more needs to be done. 

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