July 2018 Newsletter
States have submitted their education plans and must show compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to get the seal of approval. This past July, state plans for Utah, California and Oklahoma were all approved. Florida is now the only remaining state whose ESSA plan has not been accepted and the news is ripe with headlines speculating that Florida could lose $1.1 billion in funding if their ESSA plans do not comply with ESSA requirements.
Educational Standards are a big part of ESSA. States will need to do the following per ESSA Law:
- Require that all students be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
- Ensure that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
EdGate understands what a vital role K-12 education standards play when it comes to adoption of curriculum and this will become all the more apparent as ESSA is implemented. If ever there was a time to align curriculum to the U.S. state’s challenging academic standards, the time is now. If you would like to learn more about EdGate’s up-to-date repository of educational standards, please contact us.
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Recognizing the necessity of computer skills in today's technology-driven society, the Iowa board of Education has begun to encourage their schools to teach computer science as early as kindergarten and continuing through grade 12. The goal being introductory instruction in elementary grades, exploratory instruction in middle school, and computer science in high school. To fund this effort, they have dedicated one million dollars for teacher training, offering an endorsement in computer science for teachers who take university level classes.
One of the goals is "building an inclusive and diverse computing culture." The state adopted CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards which the EdGate team added to our repository in 2016 (including updates this past March).
By: Jodi Waugh
California's Cajon Valley Union School District is addressing the question "How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?" Cajon Valley implemented their "World of Work" program starting in kindergarten this year! Five-year-olds learn about police officers, doctors, artists, teachers, bakers and farmers. Students will continue examining 54 different careers, including real estate agent, paralegal, dietitian, reporter, graphic designer, sociologist, urban and regional planner and financial analyst, through grade 8.
Throughout America, good jobs are disappearing for people with only a high-school diploma; employment opportunities are losing diversity for the non-college individual; and wage gains increasingly accrue to people with higher education.
Given this, perhaps this approach will provide young students with greater sense of 'purpose' for learning. It may empower students to answer their own all too common question "Why do I need to learn this?"
As data is collected and studies are done, it will be interesting what students teach us!
By: Larry Johnson
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 desire for student-centered, individualized education creates demand for the technologies that can best achieve these aims. One strategy for meeting this goal is moving away from set curriculums towards ensuring educator access to large amounts of differentiated content and the ability to quickly and accurately locate resources that meet the requirements of specific learning standards.
EdGate Correlation Services answers this call with a vast library of Open Educational Resources, powered by the Curriculum Matrix. Curriculum Matrix allows teachers to quickly and easily find high-quality content suitable for any learner. With the Curriculum Matrix, educators can choose the desired learning standard and instantly access multiple resources (videos, lesson plans, primary sources) to choose from.
Speaking of standards, ESSA requires that states demonstrate that they’ve adopted challenging academic standards in math, reading/language arts, and science. To maintain competitiveness, content providers will need to ensure that they are offering high-quality, standards aligned material. Any content provider who’s attempted to align and correlate content in-house knows that the immensity of the project can quickly become overwhelming. Luckily, EdGate has you covered with their repository of over 2 million learning standards and patented standards-correlation tool. Edgate’s methodology allows content to be aligned once, then automatically correlated to any standards-set in the repository.
As full-implementation of ESSA becomes a reality, educational content providers can put their trust in EdGate to cover their standards and content needs.
If you have further questions please contact us.
By: Brian Ely
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Alabama Social Emotional Learning (2013 – Grade PreK)
- Arizona CTE – Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (2011 – Grades 9-12)
- Arkansas K-12 Science Standards: Chemistry – Integrated (2016 – Grades 9-12)
- Cambridge IGCSE Biology (0610) (2018/First Exam 2020 – Grades KS5)
- Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0980) (2017/First Exam 2020 – Grades KS5)
- Canada- New Foundland and Labrador Mathematics (2017 – Grades 2,3, 10-12)
- Florida Social Emotional Learning (2017 – Grade PreK)
- Georgia Social Emotional Learning (2013 – Grade PreK)
- Indiana Workplace Spanish (2018 – Grades 10-12)
- Kansas Mathematics Standards (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Maryland College and Career Ready Curriculum Framework - Mathematics (2015 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Physical Education (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards for Science (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- New York Learning Standards for the Arts (2017 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards (2017 – Grades PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- North Carolina Standard Course of Study – English Language Arts (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10,11-12)
- North Carolina Standard Course of Study K-8 Mathematics (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
- Oregon CTE – Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Systems (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- Oregon Social Emotional Learning (2016 – Grades PreK – K)
- South Carolina Alternate Assessments Performance Level Descriptors – Science (2018 – Grades 4,6,8,11)
- South Carolina Alternate Assessments Performance Level Descriptors – Social Studies and US History and Constitution (2018 – Grades 5,7,11)
- South Carolina Alternate Assessments Performance Level Descriptors – English Language Arts (2018 – Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8,11)
- Tennessee Academic Standards for Science (2016 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Utah Educational Technology (2000 – Grades 3-5,6-8,9-12)
- Virginia English Standards of Learning (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
- Wisconsin Standards for Science (2017 – Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
- Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies (2018 – Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
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