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.
Over the past four years, the state of Louisiana has reviewed more than 100 curricular programs according to their alignment with state content standards. The state's emphasis on curriculum is generating results. Louisiana fourth graders achieved the highest growth among all states on the 2015 NAEP and the second highest in math. There is a growing list of similar outcomes across the country and worldwide. Partnerships Schools, a network of Catholic schools in Harlem and South Bronx, replaced the jumble of curricular offerings at the schools with the well-regarded Core Knowledge and Eureka Math curricula and provided teachers with the training and support to implement them well. As a result the schools have doubled the percentage of students scoring "proficient" on the state's English exam and nearly tripled the math proficiency rate."
More evidence on the importance of strong standards, curriculum, and well-aligned assessments can be found in "Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School," by Ashley Berner and "Why Knowledge Matters: Rescuing Our Children from Failed Educational Theories," by E. D. Hirsch.
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Read more about the importance of standards alignment at: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2017-01-04/data-builds-a-compelling-case-for-taking-curriculum-seriously-in-education
By: Alex Alo