April 2020 Newsletter

This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends

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Hot Topic

The Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) is a digital record of a student’s knowledge and accomplishments. The CLR does not replace the traditional academic transcript, but is more useful for students and employers because it documents more than just credits earned. A CLR can include learning experiences and achievements including courses, competencies, skills, co-curricular achievements, prior learning, internships and experiential learning.  The digital record will show a complete picture of what the learner has already accomplished and what they are capable of. CLRs are helping drive an important shift in recordkeeping at colleges and universities.

The IMS Global Comprehensive Learner Record effort is a specification designed to create, transmit, and render an individual's set of achievements, as issued by multiple learning providers, in a machine-readable format that can be curated into verifiable digital records of achievement. Per IMS Global, the CLR data design supports formal and informal learning from K-20 and into employment, in a web-ready linked-data document. The CLR data model supports many types of learning experiences. Its support for JSON-LD means that Comprehensive Learner Records are compatible with the structured data ecosystem of digital credentials.

CLRs help provide students metacognitive knowledge about themselves in order to focus on important gaps in their educational and career goals. Transparency and standardization of the CLR gives employers a better understanding of the skills that learners present when they apply for employment. As explained by EDUCAUSE, by helping higher education focus on skills, competencies, and learning outcomes versus classes taken and grades, "the CLR will enhance integration between what colleges teach, what learners learn and what capacities they master, and what abilities employers can expect when they hire learners with particular experience and credentials."

By: Alex Alo
Project Manager

 

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Over the course of the past 30 days, at least here in the state of Washington, educators and parents alike have been tirelessly working through the growing pains of converting to a virtual classroom environment. Ensuring students and teachers have both the technology and resources to accommodate online learning have been the top priorities for schools and districts all over the country.

Most classrooms provided some form of online instruction prior to COVID-19 however, the nationwide school closures have created gaps in the migration to remote learning. EdGate's Curriculum Matrix was created over two decades ago as a much needed resource for educators to easily access standards-aligned educational resources. It has since grown to a repository of over 500,000 grade-specific, standards-aligned OER and free resources. The Curriculum Matrix Resources:

  • are aligned to state standards;
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  • include activities, articles, assessments questions, courses, interactive exercises, labs, lesson plans, teacher's guides, tutorials, worksheets, and more!

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By: Heather Hawthorne
Account Executive

 

Curriculum Grants and Funding

In this 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 two grants and awards:

 

Standard Updates

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

  • Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics (2020/2022) Mathematics (AD 2020) Grades K-12,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
  • Montana Arts Education (AD 2016) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,9-12
  • Utah Arts Education (AD 2016) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7-8,9-12

 

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