Gordon Freedman’s OER @ 16, “Where are You?”

Gordon Freedman, President at the National Laboratory for Educational Transformation, recently reflected on the past  sixteen years of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in his short essay, “OER @ 16, “Where are You?” In tracing the movement from its beginnings in the early 2000s into today's MOOC and OER saturated landscape, Freedman calls for the ushering in of a second phase of the OER revolution.

Universal Pre-K

The benefits of pre-K education has been widely shown and commonly agreed upon but the hope for universal pre-K has not yet come to fruition. The varying degree of programs funded across the country show the lack of consensus among states to support the cause.

EdGate Supports the CASE Identifiers

We are following the OpenSALT project, which aims to bring state and Common Core standards into the CASE format. The CASE specification was developed with the intention of providing a format that is machine-readable.  This allows standards using that format to be acquired and imported into a database efficiently, rather than having to convert from word processing document, HTML, or PDF formats.

Are High School Graduation Requirements Making the Grade?

A recent report by the Center for American Progress points to an interesting trend over the last several years regarding the debate over the quality of a high school diploma. While graduation rates have risen considerably, colleges have reported that students are not fully prepared for college-level coursework.

More California Students May Get Access to Arts Education

A new bill to increase arts education in California has its advocates, but also its skeptics who question how the quality of arts education will be guaranteed.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix April 2018

In the last few weeks, more than 4,800 resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below:

  • E Reading Worksheets
  • EngageNY
  • GCFLearnFree
  • Grammar Revolution
  • GrammarBook.com
  • iCivics
  • Illustrative Math
  • IXL
  • Microsoft - Hacking STEM
  • Microsoft - Minecraft
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Starfall
  • The Punctuation Guide
  • Weather Wiz Kids
  • YouTube

 

Principals' Assessment of Public Education Highlights Importance of College and Career Readiness

The 2018 Principals' Assessment of Public Education has been released. Among the issues raised are college and career readiness, and the related area of career and technical education. Notably, the report states "There are thousands of jobs that require technical training but do not require a college degree. On the other hand, there are still too many high school graduates who arrive at college unprepared for college level instruction."

Adopted versus Implemented - Understanding the Timelines

If you're willing to be a sleuth, you can generally find all of this information hidden within each state's DOE website, including the adoption date, implementation timeline and/or revision cycle. If you don't have the time to sleuth this information out, you can count on us to do it for you! Generally speaking, state legislatures are responsible for establishing academic standards in nearly all states. Nearly every legislature then tasks its state board/department of education with adopting and implementing the standards.