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Keeping Physical Education Affordable

The Cooper Institute launched FitnessGram in 1982; it remains the standard fitness assessment tool of the President's Challenge. However, School officials cite budget cuts as affecting their ability to provide PE opportunities, according to a February 2012 report by the US Government Accountability Office.

With the basic idea that "all children deserve access to physical education opportunities, US Games has partnered with the Cooper Institute and is committed to providing the OPEN curriculum free of charge to all school districts throughout the country."

The Next Generation Science Standards in the US

The goal of those who collaborated on the NGSS movement was to have these standards embraced by at least a majority of the states. To date, only 15 states have officially adopted the NGSS, according to Liana Heitin of EdWeek.org.

Customer Experience

A topic of discussion at our quarterly meeting focused on the issue of Customer Experience and Client Support. This topic got us all thinking - what do we do to help our clients and what can we improve on? Where do we succeed and where do we fall short?

August 2015 - Staff Highlight

In this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce a member of our Marketing Team, Sharla Schuller.

August 2015 - Top Stories

What's New in the New AP History Framework

The College Board issued a new AP U.S. History curriculum framework in 2014. Education Week breaks down the changes for the 2015 curriculum.


Common Core for College Readiness

August 2015 - Standards Update

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • Arkansas - Arts Education (2014)
  • National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) - Arts Education (2014)
  • North Carolina - Mathematics Grades 9-12 Courses (Math I, II, III)
  • U.S. National Standards - Arts Education (2014 NCCAS)
  • Utah Exploring Technology - Career Technical Education (2015 Grade 8)

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION - NEW ADDITIONS AVAILABLE FOR STANDARDS LICENSING!

Content Development and Other Services

In last month's article we highlighted the fact that states are holding education leaders accountable for student success, using standards as the measurement of that success.  We explained how EdGate's subject experts can support you in this effort.

While standards alignment is one of the primary services we provide and a focus for most of our clients, other EdGate clients rely on the EdGate team for custom development of lessons, assessments, activities, metadata, taxonomies, and other special resources.

SmartBlog on Education

Our attention was captured by a recent three part blog written by Lucien Vattel, CEO of nonprofit GameDesk and founder and co-director of the PlayMaker School. The second blog in the series highlights play as the foundation for learning. "Through educational play, we get to explore new ideas and come to know ourselves, as well as those around us in often-profound ways" says Lucien Vattel. When researching early childhood standards for ages 3-5, EdGate found over 1,200 standards across the country that focus on imaginative play.Take a minute to explore the PlayMaker School site

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards have been closely scrutinized virtually since their inception by scientists and others. The most public controversy has been, unsurprisingly, about the treatment of evolution in the NGSS. However, specialists in other areas are contributing their views as well.

The Australian National Curriculum (Standards)

As announced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), in 2014 the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum was implemented for the four core subject areas. The national curriculum (educational standards) was implemented to improve the learning outcomes for Australian students regardless of their socio-educational advantages or disadvantage.