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Top Stories - March 2017

"Dirty Jobs" Mike Rowe Speaks to Congress to Discuss Strengthening Career and Technical Education
As Congress prepares to consider a new bill on career and technical education Rowe discussed how CTE and skilled trade professions need a PR makeover "to make work cool again."

Need a Custom Report to meet your Client's Requirements?

When running standards correlation reports, most of EdGate's clients use either our basic ExPERT Reporting Tool or our Advanced Reporting Tool that has a larger option of report styles to select from.

However, every job is different and every customer has specific needs; that's where our Custom Reports come in.

Here are some popular custom report types:

Standards Encourage Collaboration with Scientific Community

As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, scientists are rethinking how to work with schools to create interest in and strengthen understanding of the field.

Science education is about more than STEM careers. In fact, as David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, notes, "everyone needs to know how to look at evidence and engage in the practices of science."

Using OER to fill your Gaps

Years ago EdGate created the Curriculum Matrix in response to an urgent need by teachers to access a repository complete with high-quality, vetted, open educational resources that were aligned to standards. Year after year EdGate has built upon this repository and it now houses hundreds of thousands of grade-specific OER from a multitude of renowned publishers, all aligned to countless numbers of educational standards, including supplemental and international standards.

State Changes to CCSS

According to a recent analysis by Abt Associates, a global leader in research, of the 46 states that originally adopted Common Core State Standards, 21 states have finalized revisions or have revision processes underway.

Standards Update - March 2017

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • Arkansas Science (2016 Grades 9-12) Implemented 2017-2018
  • Arkansas Science Accelerated Chemistry (2016 Grades 9-12)
  • Australian Curriculum ACARA Standards Social Studies (2016 Grades K-10)
  • British Columbia Health & PE (2016 Grades K-9)
  • New York Chemistry Standards (2005 Grades 9-12)
  • New York Prekindergarten (2011 PK)
  • Ontario Health & PE (2015 Grades 1-12)
  • Tennessee Language Arts (2016 Grades K-12)
  • Tennessee Math (2016 Grades K-12)


Hot Topic - Should Cursive Writing be required in Schools?

Whether to require cursive writing in the curriculum has been debated for some time. When Common Core Standards for English did not include cursive writing, many states dropped the requirement from their classrooms. However, as the debate continues, several states* have re-introduced the requirement into their curriculums.

Client Solution - Taxonomy Development

Taxonomy development is one aspect of our services that you may not be aware of. While the bulk of our work currently comes from taking the "standard" Concept Index for the various academic subjects that we cover and using those to connect content to standards, we are also able to develop new taxonomies or revise existing ones to meet your particular needs.

Teaching Trends - 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.

EdGate Services - 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017

While the world of technology has brought some fun and amazing tools/products to the classroom, it is also a vacillating business which can be overwhelming and frustrating for IT Managers and educators alike.