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Common Core's Polling Problem

Professional opinion on the Common Core standards is being engaged in regular, informed debate with support and dissent being readily available. The court of public opinion is murkier and public perception of the Common Core is increasingly clouded by the language used in its discussion by the media reporting on it. A recent article by NPR looks into two recent polls in order to highlight the confusion when it comes to public polling on the Common Core.

Learning to Read and the Well-known 4th Grade Shift

How long does it take for a student's brain to learn to read before they switch to an automatic reading that allows them to read to learn?  Behavioral and educational data demonstrates a fourth grade shift in reading development and has affected reading curriculum guidelines over the years.  Recent neurological research by Donna Coch is challenging this reading-shift theory with evidence that the answer is not that clear cut and educators should be aware that the teaching of basic reading skills should not end in third grade.

July 2014 - Staff Highlight

Larry_JohnsonIn this issue of the EdGate Observer, we would like to introduce you to a member of our Management and Sales Team, Larry Johnson.

ISTE 2.0 - The Take Away

First, a BIG THANK YOU to those I was able to connect with at ISTE! It was great meeting you and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. For those of you whom I missed, I am excited to make a connection with you soon!

PARCC Assessment Standards Now Available!

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released a set of test specification documents, including assessment blueprints and evidence statement tables, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the PARCC assessments.

Blueprints are a series of documents that together describe the content and structure of an assessment. These documents define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given assessment component, the standards measured, the item types, and the point values for each.