Wondering About Common Core and Complex Text?
"A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text."
Does the information in this chart* cause you concern?
*CCSS Appendix A: CCSS Lexile Bands
How will you help ALL of your students access the required complex text?
You may be thinking, why should I give my struggling readers such difficult text when I know they can’t read it?
In a blog post from this summer, Dr. Timothy Shanahan writes,
So why is the common core making such a big deal out of having kids read hard text? One of the most persuasive pieces of evidence they considered was a report, Reading: Between the Lines, published by American College Testing (ACT; 2006).
You can view the summary or download the ACT report right here.
Watch Dr. Shanahan
Dr. Shanahan, a member of the CCSS development team, has some particularly interesting insights into the thinking behind the standards. In the video above, watch him speak about the shift from a skills-focused approach in state standards to the emphasis on complex text in the Common Core State Standards.
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