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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.

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.

College Readiness is not a High School Graduation Requirement

States have come to realize that high school graduates are not necessarily college ready and are taking steps to change that.  Although the Common Core initiative set out to make students better prepared for college, many college faculty note that they were not consulted about what skills are needed to make students college ready.  Taking the remedial courses in college sets students back both financially and time wise by adding to the expense of college and it taking longer for the student to complete his/her college graduation requirements.  Unfortunately, high schools are judged on how m

The K-12 Educational Standards Popularity Contest

According to EdGate stats, the top ten most popular standards lookups in 2016 thus far are as follows:

Growing Popularity of CTE Programs

Over the last 20 years, skill-based education has been making the transformation from "vocational" studies to "career and technical" education. Traditional "vocational" studies were designed to help students enter the work force directly from high school. CTE provides students with skills that can transfer directly to jobs while paving the way for students to take these skills to the next level through higher education.

Pokémon Go: Educational or a Fad?

An article in Education Week debates the value of Pokemon Go, the mobile App game that has been sweeping the nation since it's release on July 6th, 2016. Some may argue that the benefits are huge because the game cannot be played by sitting on the couch or in front of a computer. The players must be outside (meeting health and PE standards?) searching their community for clues, much like scavenger hunts in the olden days (that is, before July 6th, 2016).

Digital Content Initiatives Gain Support Among States and School Districts

Incorporating OER content into the classroom in place of textbooks is gaining ground as states commit to supporting this transition.  With initiatives like the Future Ready Pledge and #GoOpen many districts are embracing the change to digital content.  The Future Ready District Pledge is designed to help leaders create a

U.S. Department of Education selects INFORM™ Journeys as a challenge finalist; powered by EdGate CTE standards and standards-aligned OER

Reach Higher CampaignWe are delighted to announce that INFORM Journeys (created by parent company, EDMIN) has been named as a top five finalist in a national competition to create an app that will help students navigate education and career pathways, including career and