June 2019 Newsletter

This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends

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In addition to adding Career Development Standards to our standards repository, we have also found new ways to support our publishing clients. From lesson writing, creating learning progressions, and automatically generating keywords for thousands of content items, EdGate continues to be the publisher’s choice for enriching content in order to increase discoverability, adoption, and usage of publisher content. Read on to learn about the Five Ways EdGate supports our Publishing Client’s success.

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Hot Topic

An area of study that has recently garnered interest is in the realm of Career Development standards. Every state has CTE but some states also have career educational development standards in K-12 that focus on career preparation goals. States like Nebraska, Texas, Wyoming and New Jersey have outlined some of their objectives for career development to explain the importance for students to be prepared for their future. These 21st-century life and career ready practice skills help students to build an understanding of careers options and help them to explore and prepare for the skills they need to be adaptable, reflective and proactive in both their lives and careers. These skills help to stress the importance of having awareness about the students own interest and talents as well as being educated about postsecondary and career options, career planning and career requirements. Career development intends to help focus the student on the lifelong pursuit of answers to the questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I meant to do with my life? The goal is that college and career ready students will be armed with knowledge, skills, and abilities to allow them to succeed in their futures. If you have an interest in correlating your content to the available career development standards, please feel free to contact your account or project manager.

By: Jennifer Larson
Project Manager

 

State Highlight

On March 21, 2019 the Education Policy committee unanimously passed the bill to repeal the use of Common Core State Standards, referred to as the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, in K-12 education in the state. According to the bill, the State Board of Education would be required to adopt replacement standards to be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year. Until new standards are adopted, the Common Core standards will stay in place. Central to the argument to repeal was that In 2017, Alabama’s 8th-grade math scores ranked 49th among the 50 states, and math scores for 4th-grade students were 45th in the nation, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The majority of the 46 states that initially adopted Common Core have either repealed, renamed or made changes. A study released in April through a federally funded research center shows that after 7 years states that dramatically changed their standards by adopting the Common Core didn’t outpace other states on federal NAEP exams. By 2017 the standards appear to have led to modest declines in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math scores. Perhaps the issue is not the standards themselves, but the manner in which they are implemented. In any case, for Alabama, there are some serious problems with dropping Common Core.

According to the reporter, Trisha Powell Crain, dropping Common Core will cost “$10.9 million plus the tens of millions of dollars already spent over the years to train teachers, purchase textbooks and other materials.” She goes on to say the bill will “force teachers to use learning standards from nearly 20 years ago. Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey believes the bill will prohibit all national tests, including familiar college entrance exams, such as the ACT and the SAT, and career technical certification for computer science. Business leaders support keeping the current standards in place as they think they set a higher bar for students than previously and they see the bill as resulting in a “dumbing down” of the state educational system. According to social media posts, Alabama teachers support the current standards.

By: Jodi Waugh
Project Manager

 

EdGate Services

Are you a publisher in need of a not-so-standard (no pun intended) service to meet a specific goal or marketing opportunity? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, we can help!


Lesson Writing: Do you have requests from educators, who use and love your material, for corresponding lessons? Do you have an amazing product, such as a robotic kit, STEM activity or Virtual Reality program that customers may not have the expertise to build lesson plans around? We have Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in various educational fields who have the creativity, passion and expertise to build a complete, thorough and impressive lesson personalized for your product and company.


Learning Progression (Scope and Sequence): Do you have exceptional material but are concerned that you may be missing some concepts? Are you searching for a way to place a variety of lessons or content in a logical sequence? Learning Progressions are a way to think about the order of how students achieve mastery of a skill set. When EdGate provides a learning progression service we are able to order your content in such a way that your company will be able to view possible gaps in standards and see a more complete story about what your content actually says to a potential customer.


Keyword Generation: Do you have a large amount of online or print content or a vast amount of videos that need alignment? Are you on a time-crunch and a budget for a big project and already have metadata in place? The automated Keyword Creation service analyzes textual metadata associated with a resource and returns search terms or keywords that are useful in locating that resource. The keywords can also be used for use in aligning content to standards in a fraction of the time it would take to perform a traditional correlation process.


Third Party Review: Are you trying to get your content adopted by a State Department of Education? Are you placing a bid and need an impartial third-party review conducted?  Before being adopted into a state’s DOE (and yearly budget) many states require educational content publishers to submit proof that their content will meet the learning standards. EdGate is already an approved review provider for Virginia and Missouri and other states across the country are beginning to follow suit with these expectations. Having an accurate, trusted third-party review can improve your company’s chances of winning the bid.


Video Segmenting, Keywording and Alignment: Do you want to ensure your end-users are easily discovering your educational videos for use in their classroom? Are you a publisher with videos that have excellent content but are not sure how it aligns to state or international standards?  The use of video content in the classroom is on a rapid trajectory.  EdGate is proficient in tagging, digital chaptering and aligning video content. . EdGate creates crucial keywords so that even if a teacher does not search by a specific learning concept their search will still lead them to the most relevant and applicable video.

By: Lindsey Dumovich
Account Manager

 

Standard Updates

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • South Dakota- (AD 2019) World Language Grades K-12
  • Iowa - (AD 2017) Career Development Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
  • Missouri (AD 2013) Career Development Grades K-12
  • Kentucky - (AD 2015) Financial Literacy Grades K-3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Professional Standards for Educational Leaders - (AD 2015) Professional Development PD
  • Mississippi - (AD 2008) Financial Literacy Grades 9-12
  • Kentucky - (AD 2015) Career Development Grades K-3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Missouri - (AD 2013) Career Development Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
  • Maine - (AD 2007) Career Development PreK-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
  • Career Ready Practices (CCTC) - (AD 2014) Career Development Grades 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
  • Indiana - (AD 2015) Social and Emotional Learning Grades PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
  • Utah General Financial Literacy - (AD 2015) Financial Literacy Grades 11-12
  • Indiana - (AD 2015) Social and Emotional Learning Grades PreK,K,1,2
  • Utah - (AD 2018) Career Development Grade 7
  • Maryland - (AD 2018) Technology Education – Computer Science Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12
  • Health Science Breakouts - 130.224 Anatomy and Physiology (TX) - (AD 2015) Career Technical Education Grades 10-12

 

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