My Common Core Scoop – November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

in Common Core Scoop

  • Text Complexity: Qualitative Measures Rubric [Google Doc]

    A tool for evaluating the complexity of literary texts. Adapted from Common Core ELA, Appendix A.

  • How to Design Open-Ended Assignments to Meet the Common Core

    What exactly is an open-ended assignment? It doesn’t mean asking students a subjective question and accepting all of their random opinions. In Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, Nancy Sulla gives a great example of what an open-ended assignment does and does not look like. First, she explains what an open-ended assignment is not.

  • The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

    The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) currently being rolled out in 46 states give little specific acknowledgement of the challenges for English language learners (ELLs). The introduction to the CCSS states that identifying the supports needed to help ELLs (or any other population of students) is “beyond the scope of the Standards” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010b, p. 6). An ancillary document, available on the CCSS website (, gives some general guidelines for applying the standards to ELLs.

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