Common Core Standards

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PARCC Practice Tests

Find out how PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) is different from other standardized tests. Online practice tests help students and parents to familiarize themselves with the format and kinds of items on the tests.


Resources for Writing IEPs Aligned to Common-Core Standards

A few weeks ago, I hosted a chat on writing standards-based individualized education program goals aligned to common core reading and math standards.


The Common Core is Tough on Kids with Special Needs

The standards don’t allow enough flexibility for students who learn differently

In a recent discussion board thread on reading comprehension challenges in autism, a special-education teacher commented that her students can’t understand the assigned reading passages.


PARCC and MSA: What Parents Need to Know about Testing in Maryland

In the 2013-2014 school year, Maryland adopted the Common Core State Standards, designed to provide students with knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. Next year, Maryland will implement new statewide tests, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments

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MPT Special: Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Workforce

A Maryland Public Television education special, Today’s Student Tomorrow’s Workforce highlights the new Common Core State Standards and how students are being prepared for college and careers. The program, originally aired on Nov. 21, 2013, features expert panelists who discuss how the more rigorous curriculum in mathematics and language arts can best prepare students in Maryland classrooms.

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SECAC Fall Forum 2013

If you missed the annual Fall Forum of the Howard County SECAC (Special Education Community Advisory Committee) on Oct. 14, 2013, view the SECAC Forum presentation for an overview of important topics discussed, including the Common Core Standards.