April 2019 Newsletter
A powerful aspect of having a staff comprised of former educators is the fact that we can take on tasks that publishers are simply too overburdened to take on. Take the task of creating a learning progression, for example. While tangentially related to standards, creating a learning progression is an entirely separate beast. It sounds simple enough; basically sequencing content in the order that the student needs to learn that information. However, throw in a couple of curveballs like the fact that in some countries, students are taught specific knowledge in a different order than what is typically taught in the U.S. Or consider the fact that some skills can span multiple grades, so how do you sequence those skills? These are the puzzles that we are keenly familiar with. If your organization needs to see how standards-aligned content progresses vertically or needs to look for gaps in a content through a learning progression, EdGate can assist.
As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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Most of us remember the nostalgic excitement of waking up on a snowy day and looking out the window; hoping for school to be cancelled. Although we may remember those days fondly what we may not remember is making up those days during a spring or summer break. For many school districts, inclement weather days pose a huge risk to student achievement. States are working hard to provide online course access and virtual school programs to make sure that students can access high quality instruction any time and any place.
Online Learning and Virtual Schools are increasingly becoming a popular choice for states and educators to reach students when a school closure is necessary. Teachers are able to prepare lessons ahead of time in order to be ready for student participation long before the first snowflake. Because so many classrooms are utilizing online learning platforms in their traditional classrooms anyways, students are comfortable using their devices at home to complete homework or have class discussions.
Understandably, online learning is becoming a competitive business with many districts gathering reports and data from companies before they decide on implementing their products. EdGate is poised and practiced in the third-party review arena which many states are now requiring to make sure the content being used by students is aligned with current standards. If you want to make your company stand out and be ready for state specific deadlines, a third-party alignment evaluation is the way to get ahead in the game.
By: Lindsey Dumovich
It has been some time since we last checked in on the status of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. States have experienced a number of hurdles in transitioning from less federal control to greater state and local autonomy in setting their education policy. In theory, the state plans submitted for ESSA would lay the groundwork for implementation of the requirements for federal compliance for accountability, school improvement and more transparency however, enacting those has proven to be difficult. Some states have made headway while others struggle to innovate and implement solutions to improve education. A recent Education Week article provides an overview of these issues and is offering an online summit on May 14th to help educate and inform those interested on the status of the law’s rollout. We here at EdGate have surmised ESSA requirements for accountability may have contributed to our noticeable increase in states looking to have content correlations reviewed by a third party. We continue to keep watch over the news to see how implementation is evolving and will keep you up to date as the roll out continues. Stay tuned and see below for a few interesting articles on ESSA.
By: Jen Larson
Recently, there has been a surge of interest in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards within the K-12 school system. Studies have shown that by incorporating SEL curriculum into classrooms, students overall academic performance increased by 11%, compared with students who did not participate in SEL curriculum https://casel.org/impact/. Research is also seeing a positive impact on life outcomes outside of school. In a national study published by the American Journal of Public Health, students who participated in Social Emotional Learning competencies had a significant decrease in criminal activity and substance abuse with an increase in socioeconomic status and employment by the time they were young adults. Currently all 50 U.S. states have preschool SEL curriculum in place. It is projected that by the end of this year 16 states will have adopted K-12 SEL curriculum and standards. EdGate Correlation Services can help align your educational content to SEL standards. We thoroughly maintain updated standards for all US and continuously add new SEL standards as they become available.
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards – English Language Arts (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
- Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards – Mathematics (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
- AQA GCSE English Literature (8702) (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- AQA GCSE History (8145) (2016 – Grades 9-12)
- Canada – British Columbia Mathematics (2018 – Grades 10,11,12)
- Kansas ELL (2018 – Grades K-12)
- New South Wales English Language Arts (2018 – Grades 11,12)
- Rhode Island Computer Science (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
- Seven Pillars of the Culture of Love (2019 – Grades K-12)
- Singapore Ministry of Education English Language Arts- Literature (2019 – Grades 7,8,9,10,11)
- Singapore Ministry of Education Mathematics (2013 – Grades 5,6)
- Texas TEKS Career Development Breakouts 127.14 – Career Preparation I (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas TEKS Career Development Breakouts 127.15 – Career Preparation II (2015 – Grade 12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.10 – Advanced Animal Science (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.17 – Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.20 – Floral Design (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.26 – Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.29 – Agricultural Power Systems (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.7 – Livestock Production (2016 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Agriculture Breakouts 130.8 – Small Animal Management (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Finance Breakouts 130.180 – Financial Mathematics (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Finance Breakouts 130.182 – Money Matters (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Finance Breakouts 130.187 – Accounting I (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Finance Breakouts 130.188 – Accounting II (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Finance Breakouts 130.189 – Financial Analysis (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Human Services Breakouts 130.273 – Dollars and Sense (2015 – Grades 11-12)
- Texas TEKS CTE Marketing Breakouts 130.384 – Entrepreneurship (2015 – Grades 10-12)
- Texas TEKS Social Studies Breakouts 113.49 – Personal Finance Literacy (2016 – Grades 10-12)
- Washington State Health Education Core Idea: Social Emotional Health (2016 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- West Virginia World Language (2018 – Grades K-12)
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