January 2020 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
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New Jersey has won the top spot as the highest performing state education system in the U.S. This is the first time New Jersey has claimed first place in the Education Week Research Center’s 23rd annual report card of state education systems. With a grade of B+, New Jersey barely squeaked by Massachusetts by a few hundredths of a point. The report took into account 39 different indicators like school finance, academic achievement, and socioeconomic factors. The top ranking states are primarily located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Wyoming is the outlier taking 6th place overall due to the state’s successful school funding, with $18,900 per pupil spending, the third highest in the nation.
To find out how all the states placed, see the article: In National Ranking of School Systems, a New State Is On Top and corresponding interactive map.
The Team at EdGate
Podcasting is all the rage right now -- and, with podcast subjects ranging from history to Latin to linguistics, many in the education field have discovered that this unique forum makes for a handy and effective teaching tool.
Zachary Davis, host of the educational podcast Ministry of Ideas, founded the Sound Education conference in 2018 specifically for creators of education-based podcasts. Its first year included over 500 attendees and 150 speakers. Davis said in a recent article by EdSurge that podcasts are “different than video because something stirs the mind to be thinking even a little bit more. So I think you are seeing podcasts enter classrooms in all sorts of new ways.”
Davis recently launched the website Lyceum, which he hopes will become a central location for educational podcasters and their listeners. He told EdSurge, “I really want Lyceum to be a place where teachers can find dignity and also potentially income for the knowledge that they’ve gained and their ability to teach that to people.”
Other companies such as podDB are busy curating hundreds of thousands of podcasts, cataloging people and subjects in a well-structured consumable dataset. This will aid educators in finding the perfect podcast for their curriculum planning.
As Davis and other podcast creators continue to make these recordings available to educators and students, EdGate will pay close attention and, as always, keep you up-to-date with the latest developments.
By: Tamara Haskett
Standards Data Specialist
Music and arts education in general is a means to not only entertain, but also to convey the plight of struggles with self, others and society. The arts unite people and provide channels for expressing ideas and sentiment. Moreover, the disciplines within arts education involve regular practice to improve skills which helps students with self-control and perseverance. Some sources also point out that arts education helps facilitate diversity as well. The inclusion of arts education in STEM education, or STEAM, can enhance creativity and improve social skills, including respect and working cooperatively with others. It can provide creative outlets that may otherwise go unexplored.
Does your company have curriculum for students to achieve success in arts education? If so, EdGate specializes in aligning content to educational standards for all subjects including arts education. Please contact our Account Executives for more information.
Read more about Why Music Education Is More Than Learning How to Play.
By: Kathleen Idegughi
Most U.S. states signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative when it was rolled out in 2010. Over time, more than 20 states eventually repealed, revised, or rolled back parts of the program. Nine states as well as Puerto Rico are now non-adopters. At this point, it’s hard to tell which states are Common Core states, which states repealed Common Core, or which states might have “rebranded” their standards (but they still look a lot like Common Core). A recent New York Times article traces Common Core’s ups and downs and asks the question “What Happened to Common Core?”
Common Core is actually still alive and kicking, albeit via many new forms. We created a Common Core web page and map in order to help decode this mystery.
Rest assured, whether you are looking for alignment to Common Core, similar standards like Kentucky Academic Standards, or completely separate standards like those of Texas, EdGate has it all. In addition to Common Core, our standards repository contains standards for all 50 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico. Please contact EdGate to learn more about how we can meet all of your standards needs.
By: Alex Alo
Curriculum Grants and Funding
In this section of the EdGate Observer we point our clients to news about districts, states, etc. that may have available funding for curriculum.
This month we highlight four grants and awards:
- Comcast NBCU Foundation Invites Proposals for 2020 'Project Innovation' Grants
- Dollar General Literacy Foundation Invites Applications for Adult Literacy Programs
- Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. was awarded $5M from Lilly Endowment Inc.
- $33M Awarded to Alabama Early Childhood Education
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Idaho Social Studies (AD 2016) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-9,6-12,9-12
- Indiana World Languages Heritage Language Learners - (AD 2019) Grades K-12
- Maryland Science (AD 2013) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Minnesota World Languages ACTFL Grades PK-12
- New Hampshire Arts Education (AD 2015) Grades K-12
- New Mexico Arts Education (AD 2018) NCCAS Grades PK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- New Mexico World Languages (AD 2018) Grades PK-12
- North Dakota Social Studies (AD 2019) Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-12
- Rhode Island Arts Education (AD 2017) NCCAS Grades PK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Rhode Island World Languages (AD 2019) Grades PK-12
- Vermont Technology Education (AD 2017) ISTE-Students Grades PK-12
- Vermont World Languages (AD 2019) ACTFL Grades PK-12
- West Virginia Technology Education (AD 2019) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Wisconsin Arts Education Art & Design - (AD 2019) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
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