Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

ELA Instructional Shifts

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

ELA Instructional Shifts

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The Common Core State Standards required English language arts teachers to reexamine their curricula and instructional approaches to ensure they were incorporating complex texts, including both creative and content-rich informational texts, and helping students build text-dependent arguments. A Thomas B. Fordham Institute report, based on teacher surveys from 2012 and 2017, shows how their instructional practices have changed.

Here are a few of the things they learned:

* In 2017, 54% of teachers reported choosing texts based on students' reading levels. This number was up from 39% in 2012, even though the standards recommend using grade-level texts.

* When asked to compare their current practices to those of a few years ago, 75% of respondents said they were asking more questions requiring textual evidence, 48% said they were discussing authors' word choices more often, and 53% said students' abilities to cite textual evidence were better than a few years ago.

* When asked about standards implementation in their schools, 54% said that not enough attention was being given to helping students become better writers. And 56% said not enough attention was being given to building students' knowledge of basic facts. …

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