State Changes to CCSS

According to a recent analysis by Abt Associates, a global leader in research, of the 46 states that originally adopted Common Core State Standards, 21 states have finalized revisions or have revision processes underway.

Hot Topic - Should Cursive Writing be required in Schools?

Whether to require cursive writing in the curriculum has been debated for some time. When Common Core Standards for English did not include cursive writing, many states dropped the requirement from their classrooms. However, as the debate continues, several states* have re-introduced the requirement into their curriculums.

Client Solution - Taxonomy Development

Taxonomy development is one aspect of our services that you may not be aware of. While the bulk of our work currently comes from taking the "standard" Concept Index for the various academic subjects that we cover and using those to connect content to standards, we are also able to develop new taxonomies or revise existing ones to meet your particular needs.

Teaching Trends - ESSA Update

An interesting article in Education Week took a look at what was happening around the country with the status of the implementation of ESSA now that a year has gone by since the new law was passed.

EdGate Services - 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017

While the world of technology has brought some fun and amazing tools/products to the classroom, it is also a vacillating business which can be overwhelming and frustrating for IT Managers and educators alike.

Top Stories - February 2017

Scientists find children who enjoy math are more likely to experience academic achievements
The study found that "Successful performance in math increased students' positive emotions and decreased their negative emotions over the years."

Celebrating Our 20th Year in Business!

In 2017 we celebrate an important milestone for our business: our 20 year anniversary! Founded in 1997 by a group of educators, our team recognized the power of the internet as a teaching tool. We began our work by creating a website to organize online resources aligned to state standards. Eventually, as part of a state-wide contract with Wyoming, we correlated content for several supplemental publishers.

Hot Topic - What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is an approach to learning that involves multiple skills and disciplines. Although many find it hard to define it concisely, it involves academic, creative, problem solving, collaborative as well as other skills. Design thinking helps the student explore both creative and analytical aspects of a project. Furthermore, it gives students glimpses of real world application and potential career paths. The designed thinking approach challenges students to consider all aspects of the design process before embarking on the end result.

Client Solution - Looking for More Proof that Strong Standards Alignments pay off?

A growing body of evidence, including a five-state study discussed at a recent Hopkins/Hunter forum, showed that high-quality instructional materials produced a larger effect than having an experienced teacher versus a novice teacher. So what kids are being taught is the key component of student success, more so than the areas typically studied, such as class size and school accountability mechanisms.