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Questions and answers about the Common Core

January 28, 2013

There are lots of questions out there about implementing the Common Core State Standards. Over at Shanahan on Literacy, Professor Tim Shanahan has posted the questions and answers from a recent webinar he did on the Common Core. I recommend hopping over there to scroll through the whole post — I suspect many of you are asking the same questions as these webinar participants!

Among the topics covered:

  • How can teachers scaffold difficult text for second language learners? (More vocab and grammar support, with a recommendation to visit Understanding Language from Stanford)
  • Does reading harder text mean reading less text? (Maybe. But still read hard and easy texts.)
  • Is there a set accuracy level for frustration level reading with more difficult text? (No set level, but maybe mid-80's).
  • Should all kids — even K-1 kids receiving intervention services — be reading more difficult text? No! Thankfully Shanahan and colleagues recognize that young readers, especially those who struggle, have a lot to work on, so the recommendation here is to give those kids the time they need to develop the skills they'll need in later grades.

Professor Shanahan provides more thorough information within his answers, and there are other topics discussed as well, so I encourage you to take a look!

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