August 2019 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
We know Standards
It’s that time of year again: RFP season. We are seeing the states unveil their request for proposals for curriculum adoption. From Missouri’s RFP for Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) to the Texas Proclamation 2020 for ELA curriculum which will require new standards. For a full list of U.S. state curriculum adoption, check out the always handy Association of American Publisher’s curriculum adoption schedule. You will certainly see Career and Technical Education (CTE) in more abundance; take a look at the adoption schedules for Alabama, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. CTE is blowing up!
The Team at EdGate
Along with implementing new high school language arts standards for 2020-2021, Texas is reviewing language arts content for adoption for the 2020-2021 school year. EdGate correlates thousands upon thousands of content items for our publisher clients and we know how important the Texas adoptions are. If your company’s content is being submitted for adoption under Texas’ Proclamation 2020, EdGate can provide the needed 2020-2021 language arts correlations along with the TEA's machine-readable TEKS with the IMS Global CASE-Certified identifiers. EdGate is poised and ready to provide CASE identifiers as a correlation deliverable for the Texas curriculum adoption in 2020 or for any other state that may require this format.
EdGate is mindful of the many advantages that the IMS Global CASE movement has both for us and for educational publishers generally. We welcome the advent of a project to create a non-proprietary standards format that can be used to improve comparability and interoperability of what have historically been incompatible sets of standards and we are fully behind the CASE project and hope to be able to contribute to its ultimate success. If your content needs alignments to the CASE identifiers, please contact your Project Manager.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
What would our country look like if every 3 and 4 year old had free access to a full day preschool program? Maybe, a little like our country’s capital: Washington, D.C. America’s capital has accomplished what many other countries have already done. Countries including Norway, France, Finland, Spain and Mexico have these programs currently in place. Other countries such as China and the United Kingdom are well on their way to offering a free full day preschool program.
What sets Washington, D.C. apart from other places in the U.S.? The answers are: money, funding and interpretation of the importance of Early Childhood education. In most states, funding for preschool programs is decided at the state-level. Funding can come in various forms such as tax revenue, federal grants or even private philanthropic foundations. The motivation for securing available money to preschool programs often is what is holding states and districts back.
There has been argument over whether or not those dollars are best spent in the Early Education years. However, overwhelming research shows that to spend money and focus on the early developmental progress of our youth has far reaching benefits. The benefits come not only to the child receiving the services, but also to the parents own economic progress as it gives parents (especially women) a chance to return to work sooner and for longer hours when they have the option of free quality childcare. In Washington, D.C. there is no sliding scale and there are no income thresholds. As long as a child meets the age and residency requirements; they are entitled to a 6.5 hour day of preschool.
With more and more funding being allocated to preschool and Pre-K programs it is no wonder we have seen an uptick in interest from Early Learning content publishers. EdGate has the most current National Early Learning standards and Head Start standards, as well as access to even more specialty standards sets.
By: Lindsey Dumovich
Cybersecurity programs provide multiple benefits to both students and the workforce by training students to become cybersecurity experts while allowing them to earn college credit and even professional credentials at the same time.
The ongoing threat against digital security, as well as a current skills shortage that according to analyst firm Cybersecurity Ventures is projected to lead to over 3 million unfilled jobs by 2021, have created a high demand for cybersecurity educational programs. In response to this demand, educators and professional organizations across the nation are joining forces by offering classes such as "ethical hacking" to middle and high-schoolers, providing opportunities for students to earn industry certifications through businesses such as Microsoft, and expanding the library of K-12 cyber-based curricula in schools.
Here at EdGate, we're contributing by adding the most up-to-date Computer Science and Technology Education standards to our database on on a regular basis and we will remain your go-to source.
By: Tamara Haskett
Standards Data Specialist
Curriculum Grants and Funding
In this new section of the EdGate Observer we point our clients to news about districts, states, etc. that may have available funding for curriculum.
This month we highlight three awards:
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- AP Biology Course Description (Licensing Only) - Science (AD 2019) Grades 9-12
- AP Chemistry Course Description (Licensing Only) - Science (AD 2019) Grades 9-12
- AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Course Description (Licensing Only) - Science (AD 2019) Grades 9-12
- AP World History: Modern Course Description (Licensing Only) - Social Studies (AD 2019) Grades 9-12
- California Arts Education - (AD 2019) Grades PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- California - Financial Literacy (AD 2017) Grades K-12
- Connecticut - Technology Education (AD 2017) CSTA Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
- Indiana - Arts Education (AD 2018) Grades PreK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Iowa - Technology Education (AD 2018) CSTA Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12
- Kentucky - Mathematics (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Kentucky - Social Studies (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Kentucky - Language Arts (AD 2019) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- Marketing (MI) (Licensing Only) - Career Technical Education (AD 2012) Grades 9-12
- Minnesota - Health and PE (AD 2015) Health: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
- Nevada - Arts Education (AD 2017) Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-12
- New Mexico - Technology Education (AD 2019) Grades K-12
- New York - Arts Education (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Social and Emotional Learning (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Social Studies (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Science (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Mathematics (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Language Arts (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- New York - Health and PE (AD 2019) Updated PreK
- Northern Ireland - Science & The World Around Us (Licensing Only) - Science (AD 2007) Grades FS, KS1, KS2, KS3
- Rhode Island - Financial Literacy (AD 2017) Grades K-12
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (MI) (Licensing Only) - Career Technical Education (AD 2011) Grades 9-12
- Wales - Science in the National Curriculum (Licensing Only) - Science (AD 2008) Grades KS2, KS3, KS4
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