August 2018 Newsletter
EdGate continues to monitor the education landscape including two compelling subjects, both related to freely accessible information. First, as mentioned in this month's article about Open Educational Resources (OER), EdGate supports the use of OER in the classroom and has maintained and offered a vast library of aligned resources since the beginning of the OER movement. We applaud Mr. Freedman in his quest to increase awareness around OER. Second, we support the adoption and use of the CASE identifiers. We welcome the idea of states using a consistent, machine-readable standards format and believe that creating standards interoperability will free up time to focus on new and more creative ways to improve K-12 education outcomes.
As always, EdGate is your source for staying current with new developments in education and the impact of educational standards.
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Gordon Freedman, President at the National Laboratory for Educational Transformation, recently reflected on the past sixteen years of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in his short essay, “OER @ 16, “Where are You?” In tracing the movement from its beginnings in the early 2000s into today's MOOC and OER saturated landscape, Freedman calls for the ushering in of a second phase of the OER revolution.
Sixteen years into the OER movement, the amount of openly-licensed educational material is vast. And yet, Freedman laments, the world of OER is disorganized and chaotic. Despite the seemingly limitless resources available, there exists no global search capability, nor is there a method for delivering high-quality, well-curated resources to individuals on distinct educational paths. Freedman asserts that we are nowhere near where we should be in terms of offering every individual the opportunity to choose a career along with a clear and specific path by which to pursue it.
Freedman argues that the time has come for today's great titans of data and content management to usher OER us into a new era of interconnectedness and organization. If the last sixteen years have shown us anything, it's that the potential to truly democratize education is within our grasp, and now is the time to fulfill it.
By: Brian Ely
The benefits of pre-K education has been widely shown and commonly agreed upon but the hope for universal pre-K has not yet come to fruition. The varying degree of programs funded across the country show the lack of consensus among states to support the cause. Larger cities across the nation have been leading efforts to bring this to reality including the latest efforts by Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel to provide free, full-day pre-K to all 4 year olds in a phased roll out approach. The issue is one that receives bipartisan support so the hope is that it is one that both parties can come together to support on a national scale. As always, it will be interesting to see if our divided politicians can agree to work together on this topic to have it implemented.
We have seen growing interest in correlations for Pre-K content from both existing and new clients so it is a topic we will definitely be following as the movement progresses!
For more information on the status of universal pre-K please see:
By: Jennifer Larson
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. The Georgia Department of Education has signed on to provide their standards in this format, and OpenSALT has put Georgia's standards for all subjects, as well as the language arts and math standards for all states and Common Core, into the CASE format and is making them available for download.
EdGate is mindful of the many advantages that such a project has both for us and for educational publishers generally. We welcome the advent of a project to create a non-proprietary standards format that can be used to improve comparability and interoperability of what have historically been incompatible sets of standards and are fully behind the CASE project and hope to be able to contribute to its ultimate success. If your content needs alignments to the OpenSALT Case identifiers, please contact your Project Manager; we can make these available along with the correlations of your company’s content.
By: Michael Walpole
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Arizona CTE – Manufacturing (20014 – Grades 9-CU)
- CASEL Core Competencies (2017 – Grades K-12)
- College Board AP Human Geography Course Description (2015 – Grades 9-12)
- College Board Next Generation Accuplacer Test Specification: Language Arts and Reading (2017 – Grades 9-12)
- College Board Next Generation Accuplacer Test Specification: Mathematics (2017 – Grades 9-12)
- Finland National Core Curriculum – Science (2014 – Grades 1-2,3-6,7-9,10-12)
- Georgia Computer Science (2016 – Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
- Idaho Arts and Humanities (2017 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- India CBSE Mathematics Course 041 – (2018 – Grades 9-10, 11-12)
- Indiana Social Studies (2016 – Grades 6,7,8,9-12)
- Kansas Social Emotional Learning (2013 – Grades PreK)
- Mississippi Social Emotional Learning (2013 – Grade PreK)
- New York State Core Curriculum Elements for Mental Health (2018 – Grades K-12)
- North Carolina Social Emotional Learning (2013 – Grades PreK)
- North Dakota CTE – Technology and Engineering Education (2007 – Grades 9-CU)
- Ohio Social Emotional Learning (2015 – Grades PreK)
- Ohio Social Studies (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- Oregon Social Studies (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- South Carolina CTE – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (2014 – Grades 9-CU)
- South Dakota Mathematics (2018 – Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level Ancient Languages (2016 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level English Language (2015 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level English Language and Literature (2015 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level English Literature (2015 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- United Kingdom GCE AS and A Level Sociology (2015 – Grades KS4-KS5)
- Wisconsin Social Studies (2018 – Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12)
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