Simply Assign Complex Texts?

Simply Assign Complex Texts?

What makes a text complex? Is it the structure? Is it sentence length? Is it student motivation? Text complexity is made up of all these characteristics and more. In Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, the Standards’ Model of Text Complexity explains how...
College Readiness

College Readiness

What would your high school or middle school look like if all students were prepared for college? The question is timely, as schools in Kentucky are required to meet the mandates of SB 1, including that all students graduate from high school, college and career ready....
Getting “Real” about the Common Core and High Expectations

Getting “Real” about the Common Core and High Expectations

The term “high expectations” has become so common in school dialogue that I sometimes wonder if we shouldn’t pause and take time to deepen our common understanding of what it truly looks like when teachers have high expectations for students. An overview of online...

But I don’t wanna go to college!

Here’s a newsflash, Student Engagement Drops With Each School Year! Sadly it’s true and while not a new phenomenon it is one that not only affects daily k-12 classroom teaching but also has a hidden impact on college-readiness. With all the talk about...
Update on the Next Generation Science Standards

Update on the Next Generation Science Standards

This past October I attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional conference in Louisville, KY.  Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research, and Development for Achieve is leading the development of the Next Generation Science...