June 2018 Newsletter
EdGate is proud to announce our third patent for our standards correlation technology. How does this patent make our clients lives easier? EdGate’s patent helps content publishers avoid having to correlate their curriculum state-by-state or country-by-country. Our team of subject matter experts (all former teachers or librarians) applies our taxonomy of concept terms to content at the beginning of the project. Since the standards have already been meticulously reviewed and tagged with the same concept terms, we let our technology take over to match the concepts to the standards. This technique has been refined over the past two decades. At the end, the content is correlated to all the standards in the client's profile, whether that means standards from India or Indiana, Mexico or Maine. And the icing on the cake: EdGate's superior technology allows for automatic re-alignment of content when new standards are implemented.
For more information on EdGate’s patent and how we can help you save time and money, please contact us.
EdGate General Manager
Reminder, New Subject Classifications are coming!
What is #GoOpen? How can EdGate help?
A Decline in Civic Knowledge
EdGate’s monitoring of Common Core
The Gap is Narrowing for Proficiency Among States
Chinese High School Uses Facial-Recognition to Monitor and Analyze Students
What's new in the repository?
EdGate is creating two new subjects, Technology Education and Library Media. The standards and content aligned for this subject are currently housed as Media Technology. These two new subjects will replace Media Technology. Please refer to the article in the May edition of the EdGate newsletter for more information. This change will take effect at the end of June. Here’s what you can expect to occur while this change is being implemented. This is a summary of how all deliverables will be affected, so you will want to refer to the specifics of your contract with EdGate to identify which of these deliverables is applicable to your company. July 4th there will be no new bulk downloads posted. Regular bulk download postings will resume on July 11th. From June 27 to July 3, ExPERT, ExACT, Advanced Reporting, CUIs and APIs will display only Media Technology correlations to what will become the new Library Media subject if applicable to your content. July 3rd, all deliverables will be updated to include Library Media and/or Technology Education as applicable to your content. The important point to note is that you may see a noticeable difference in the number of correlations of your content from June 27 to July 2 in ExPERT, ExACT, Advanced Reporting, the CUIs and APIs while this change is being implemented, and this will be resolved on July 3. If you have questions, please contact your Project Manager.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
What exactly is #GoOpen, and how can EdGate Correlation Services help you manage the nearly infinite opportunities created by Open Educational Resources (OER)?
With the enormous transformative and cost-saving potential of OER in mind, the #GoOpen campaign was launched in 2015 by the Department of Education to encourage the creation and use of OER. But with virtually limitless content to choose from, how can educators ensure that they are selecting the highest-quality resources for their learners? EdGate Correlation Services solves that problem with Curriculum Matrix®.
According to the U.S. Department of Ed. OER are “…resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others.” Many districts and state departments of education are looking to OER to meet the needs of often rapidly changing standards. Additionally, OER can increase equity, keep content relevant and high quality, empower teachers, and save money.
EdGate’s Curriculum Matrix® contains a library of 500,000 (and growing) grade-specific digital resources selected by educators who are subject matter experts. With the Curriculum Matrix, you can navigate by content, objective, standard, and grade-level, all the while ensuring that students are learning with high-level, appropriate OER content. Curriculum Matrix® further allows educators to share, rate, and comment on a wide-variety of videos, interactive exercises, lessons, quizzes, and more.
At EdGate, we embrace the potential of #GoOpen as we partner with content providers to grow our OER library. In the past few weeks, EdGate has added 800 new resources to our library, all easily navigable by grade-level, subject, and standard through Curriculum Matrix®.
The optimism of #GoOpen is the promise to level the playing field and provide all learners with high-quality educational resources. Stay tuned to see how EdGate Correlation Services and Curriculum Matrix® continue to keep that promise with cutting-edge tech solutions.
By: Brian Ely
With politics at the forefront of nearly every headline these day, knowing the fundamentals of our political system is a topic states are addressing as they are looking to increase student understanding of the basic structure and function of our government. A recent EdWeek article points out to a decline in civic knowledge. Pennsylvania is expected to be the latest state to require students to take a mandatory civics test in school. Many questions are taken directly from the U.S. Citizenship test and focus around the foundation and principles of our democracy, our political history, the role of government and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. Pennsylvania will not require passage to graduate, but other states have already added it as a requirement. Critics say it just requires more memorization of content that will later be forgotten, but proponents believe increasing basic civic knowledge can only benefit students well into the future. Since I myself love seeing great civics content come through our doors – I have to say that I always look forward to seeing what our clients produce to encourage learning and increase civic involvement and participation.
For additional information on the topic please see a few additional articles on the topic below:
Education Week - A Call to Arms for Civics Education
EducationDive - 8 states now requiring students to pass civics test for graduation
K-12 Daily - Civics now required to earn Arkansas high school diploma
By: Jen Larson
When Common Core standards were initially written and adopted, one of the major advantages for publishers and educational content developers was that, with a single textbook or content series, they could address language arts or math concepts needed by every state and significantly reduce the amount of customization they needed to do to make their product viable in their preferred market. One single correlation document could give content providers access to school districts across a wide range of the United States.
Common Core became politically controversial, and a number of states that had initially chosen to adopt the Common Core standards publicly backed off from them. But, despite this – and the occasional example of poor implementation – many people with expertise in mathematics and language arts teaching recognized that the standards themselves codified almost a decade's worth of research and improvement, and were a significant advancement over the patchwork of state standards that varied wildly in breadth, granularity, and specificity. As a result, many states were reluctant to rewrite their standards from scratch. Those states chose a variety of approaches. Some stuck with Common Core despite the controversy; others took Common Core as a base, but made some revisions to address particular concerns. Many states chose to retain the substance of the Common Core standards but to rename them or downplay the connection, allowing them to say that "These are not Common Core" even though the standards are often quite similar.
We routinely monitor state standards as part of our services to clients who are in an Annual Maintenance Fee contract, and in response to a number of questions we have received about the status of Common Core and their applicability to particular states we have prepared a summary on the Common Core State-by-State page and an overview on the Common Core Map page. We will continue to update these resources as states revise their standards. We hope these help clarify the situation, and if you have further questions we'd be glad to hear from you.
By: Michael Walpole
When No Child Left Behind was introduced, states were required for students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014, but the definition of "proficiency" varies from state to state. While gaps still exist a national study found the gap between how states define proficiency is narrowing.
The "intelligent classroom behavior management system" scans classrooms every 30 seconds and records students' facial expressions, categorizing them into happy, angry, fearful, confused, or upset. The system also records student actions such as writing, reading, raising a hand, and sleeping at a desk.