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Why College and Career Readiness Begins in Preschool

The idea that the transition to adulthood starts in preschool is behind educational reform in the Kankakee School District in Illinois, where conversations about college and careers start when children first enter the classroom and continue as their learning progresses towards high school graduation.

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.

ESSA: Changes and how it relates to EdGate

In fall of 2018, many U.S. districts will begin full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While multifaceted, the law’s most exciting feature may be the focus on classroom technology. For the first time, concepts such as “digital learning” and “blended learning” are addressed in legislation. Now more than ever technology is seen as imperative to addressing some of education’s greatest challenges, such as how to differentiate instruction for classrooms in which students of varying backgrounds, abilities, and interests are learning together.

The Status of Common Core Today

When Common Core standards were initially written and adopted, one of the major advantages for publishers and educational content developers was that, with a single textbook or content series, they could address language arts or math concepts needed by every state and significantly reduce the amount of customization they needed to do to make their product viable in their preferred market. One single correlation document could give content providers access to school districts across a wide range of the United States.

EdGate Helps Publishers Personalize Content through Metadata, Keywords, Alignments and More

Personalized Content has to be one of the biggest buzz phrases of 2018 (and 2017 and 2016).  It’s often hard to tell how sincere companies are, those words are used so often. Website after blog after social media site, you can be sure to find companies claiming that they personalize content, especially in the ed-tech world. In EdGate’s case, we don’t feel any remorse (not even a faint blush) by claiming that we personalize content for our publishing clients.

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.

Introducing EdGate's New API!

In 2017 we began development of a new and improved API and are happy to announce it is ready for implementation!

Depending on the level of service you receive from EdGate, you will have access to any of the following basic or premium features:

Standards-to-Standards Comparison; EdGate makes it a cinch

Have you ever entertained the idea of how much variation there is or is not between educational standards? If you have, the next question that may naturally come to mind is, "What would be the best way for me to find out?" then groan internally when you realize you may need to go state-by-state and compare each set.

Updating Standards is Tricky Business

If you are an educational publisher, chances are you are painfully aware that keeping up with every state and the changes they make to standards is a sticky wicket.

It is estimated that changes to standards occur at approximately 30% each year across the U.S., but how do you know which ones update and when?

As a current recipient of this newsletter, you receive complimentary monthly updates in the section below.

For those who have an interest in International or Supplemental standards, below is a sampling of other sets we track in our system:

DIY Alignment Tool - Fast. Efficient. Effective.

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If you answered yes to any of the above, our DIY alignment tool may be just the solution you need!