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Common Core Standards Sample Test Items and Task Prototypes Now Available

On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers unveiled the first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototypes illustrate how the critical content and practices found in the Common Core State Standards may appear on the assessments that will be given for the first time in 2014-15. Florida, one of 45 states and three territories working to implement the Common Core Standards, is one of the partnership's 18 governing states leading the assessment development effort and serves as the fiscal agent for the partnership.

The prototypes are intended to be early samples or models of the assessments currently under development and to give educators and the public a glimpse of what the new assessment technology will look like. In addition to the prototypes, every item and task will explain the standard being measured, on which assessment it may appear, and include a link to the Model Content Frameworks. Educators will also find an array of classroom resources to guide them as they transition to the new standards and assessments. Additional sets of prototypes and sample assessment items will be developed over the next two years.

Gathering Feedback for Teaching (PDF)

Combining High-Quality Observations with Student Surveys and Achievement Gains A Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project research report through the Gates Foundation

Community Classroom Consortium

This organization of 30+ non-profits provides informal education opportunities, as well as, information on teacher grants.

Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Secrets of Successful Teaching

The Foundation for Excellence in Education recently brought together 81 of Florida’s top educators to learn their tips and techniques for teaching. Teachers were chosen because their students – some high performing, some struggling, some with disabilities, some just learning English, some from economically disadvantaged families – made the most progress in reading or math, over the last three years, based on the results of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the state’s annual standardized test for students in third through tenth grades.

These teachers shared their experience and expertise with researchers during focus groups moderated by the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning, a national leader in developing innovative professional development initiatives to improve instruction in classrooms across our country. Many of their insights into excellence echoed across subject and grade. These recurring themes, reflected in the words of the teachers themselves, reinforced the findings of multiple research papers and projects from renowned institutions across the country.

A compilation of personal stories and profession advice, backed by national research, is the essence of Secrets of Successful Teaching. Secrets of Successful Teaching can be viewed by visiting http://www.excelined.org/secrets.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Counselors

Circle F Dude Ranch Camp LLC, Lake Wales, is looking for summer counselors and heads of departments for this summer. Circle F has been in continuous operations for the past 60 years with an exemplary reputation.

Our summer sessions start June 10th and end August 14th. In addition, there is a one week training period which would require you to be here June 3rd or slightly earlier. The starting salary for counselor is $2,300 for a 10-week (plus 4 days) contract. Our counselors should be energetic, hard working with a positive attitude. In short we would like them to 'bring something to the table' to enhance the campers' experience here at Circle F. Cabin counselors are the prime care givers for each camper and are responsible for the planning, teaching, coordinating and carrying out of activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills during the summer. Each counselor shares a cabin for 12 with another counselor and 10 campers. The work week is 6 days and 24 hours a day.

Please contact Ben Moss at or call at (863) 676-4113. Check us out on our website www.circlefduderanch.com.