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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

Jul 17 ELLs Need More Attention in Common Assessment Groups, Reports Say

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By Lesli A. Maxwell on July 8, 2013 5:25 PM

The two groups of states working to design new common assessments need to devote more time and attention to English-language learners and students with disabilities, conclude new reviews from the U.S. Department of Education.

In its first-ever technical reviews of the test-development efforts underway by two state consortia—the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and Smarter Balanced—the federal education department is calling for both groups to focus more sharply on developing test items that all students, including those who are still learning English, can fully access regardless of their level of language proficiency.

Ed Week's common core/common assessment guru, Catherine Gewertz, has a fuller explanation of the technical reviews over at Curriculum Matters, and the reviews themselves on Smarter Balanced and PARCC are available on the Education Department's website.

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Mar 18 The Standards Through the States – Has your State Adopted?

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Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Click here to see which states have already adopted the Common Core State Standards.

 Click here to see how CCSS applies to World Language.

 

Mar 14 How do Santillana’s Spanish instructional materials correlate to CCSS? Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Originally posted on: http://commoncore.santillanausa.com/ccss-and-world-languages

Instructional materials published by Santillana USA are standards based and research based. This applies to our Spanish as a world language elementary and secondary programs, Descubre el español con Santillana (K–5) and Español Santillana (6–12), as well as our Spanish language arts heritage and native speaker programs, Yabisi K–6 and En Espanol 7–12. These Santillana USA Spanish programs evidence their alignment and correlation to standards-based instruction through standards checklists (found in all Teacher Guides units and lessons), Scope and Sequence documents, and the specific correlations that we have produced to evidence the alignment of our programs to the ELA CCSS.

All of the Santillana USA Spanish programs help students communicate in all modes of expression, developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to ensure students use the language effectively.

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Mar 11 What are the CCSS ELA strands and how do these correlate to WL? Resources for your Spanish Classroom

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Originally posted on: http://commoncore.santillanausa.com/ccss-and-world-languages

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Strands are:

  • Reading (including Reading Foundational Skills)
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language (including Language Forms and Mechanics)

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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.

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