Blogs

The Importance of STEM Education in America

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, collectively known as STEM remain high on the list of priorities in education.

Techie Parents Work to Reinvent School

A movement by former technology executives to found private schools that emphasize performance standards over content aims to educate young people to meet the demands of future jobs.

Adopted vs. Implemented Standards

When states develop new standards, there are a couple of important milestones of interest to teachers, school districts, and publishers: adoption and implementation.

ESSA Update

An interesting article in Education Week took a look at what was happening around the country with the status of the implementation of ESSA now that a year has gone by since the new law was passed.

MARC Records-Still Relevant after all These Years

Did you know that OCLC stopped printing library card catalogs in October 2015? That ended a 150-year process.  However, the information available within those library card catalogs is still as needed as ever.

Texas Has New TEKS Process

In June 2017, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved a new process to be used for the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. The new TEKS review process calls for up to five separate work group meetings and provides multiple opportunities for the public to provide feedback on the recommendations of the work groups. The SBOE also approved updates to the TEKS review and instructional materials adoption schedules, which will impact publishers and their submission process.

Channel Partner Agreements

What are they? Would your company benefit from having one or more of them?

Can Schools with No Grades Really Work?

At M.S. 442 in Brooklyn, students are encouraged to focus on mastering a set of grade-level skills and moving on to the next set of skills only after demonstrating that they are ready. In these schools, there is no such thing as an A and there is no failing. The only goal is to learn the material. The system has already significantly increased competency in the middle school's students. In the 2013-14 school year, only 7% of students read at grade level, and 5% met the state's math standards. Two years later, 29% were proficient in English, and 26% proficient in math.