September 2020 Newsletter
This Month’s Top Standards News and Trends
We Know Standards
Our big news this month…EdGate has joined IMS Global as a CASE Network Sponsor and Contributing Member! EdGate is now offering CASE-formatted standards via an IMS-Certified 1.0 API.
To learn more about CASE, please find a quick CASE overview below.
AND please Join our Webinar to learn more about the IMS CASE-formatted standards on Wednesday, October 7th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.
As noted above, EdGate has joined IMS Global. And we've actually been hard at work since the beginning of 2020 prepping our standards catalog so that standards can be provided to EdGate clients in CASE format. This includes K-12 standards across all subjects and all 50 states.
But first, what is CASE? CASE is an acronym for Competency & Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE) and is a data standard designed specifically for issuing official learning standards and workforce competencies in an interchangeable, digital format that works seamlessly across the various district data systems. Having universal identifiers for education competencies makes it possible for any tool or application to share information between systems easily.
States such as Montana, Texas, and Georgia are now using the CASE format. In fact, the Texas Educational Agency's Proclamation 2020 requires that curriculum resources up for adoption align to CASE-formatted standards. More states will be following suit.
When EdGate aligns content for our clients, in addition to providing the EdGate GUIDS, upon request, we will also offer the CASE identifiers. Again, this will make it easier for various systems to share standards, deliver assessments based on those frameworks, and report results without human manipulation.
While there are already CASE standards available via the IMS CASE Network Registry, EdGate will provide standards that complement those in the CASE Network. So content publishers or platforms that need Social Studies, Science, Art, Health and PE, World Languages, SEL, CTE, Early Childhood or supplemental sets of standards can rely on EdGate to provide CASE-formatted standards via our IMS-certified CASE 1.0 API.
By: Gina Faulk
EdGate wants to help you expand your market presence into other states with a free mapping sample. With all the demand for online learning are you finding you have fewer resources to align content to educational standards? Do you have alignments in one state and now find that your opportunities have expanded to more states and you now need the alignment to state standards in those states? If so, contact EdGate for a sample mapping to get a preview of what our services could provide for expanding your company’s market into other states or countries. Please reach out to our Account Executives for more information.
By: Kathleen Ideguchi
In an unprecedented time of transition from in-person to virtual learning, art teachers have been scrambling for ideas on how to teach creative subjects remotely. Visual arts, music, theater, and many CTE courses all require hands-on lessons that do not translate to the virtual classroom.
The arts require skills, not just facts.
Traditionally arts education is a mix of lessons in history and theory combined with technique and production. While much of this learning translates well to lectures, the challenges of developing skills without access to materials, specialized equipment, and studio space are not something teachers could recreate remotely.
In the early stages of the pandemic, instructors worldwide began scouring the internet for ways to adjust their classrooms to remote learning. From this, a growing community of educators eager to support one another emerged. They shared tips, lesson plans, and meaningful ways to create online educational experiences for all age groups. And most of all, they made it work! New programs were developed to provide art supplies for students when they visited schools for meal pick-ups. Art teachers adjusted assignments to use household objects or things in nature, instead of traditional mediums. After school art programs became zoom calls, music education was adapted to small group video calls, and theater students submitted videos of themselves as classwork.
More than ever, artists across the globe began posting their work online, which had the potential to introduce students to art forms they hadn’t thought about before. Google Arts & Culture, teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to provide virtual tours of some of the most famous museums. Teachers leveraged this unique opportunity to teach art history in ways only an expensive trip once offered.
Illinois has recognized the importance of the arts during this pandemic and has released new recommended arts education benchmarks for teachers to follow for remote learning. This document suggests prioritizing the arts for the 2020-2021 academic year stating "Our students need the arts in their lives to not only survive the ways in which many of their lives have been upended, but to thrive."
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had an impact on education as a whole. Thanks to the tenacity of creative educators throughout the world, arts education has continued to thrive in schools despite many challenges. The opportunity for teachers and students to think outside the box has never been greater. One thing is for certain, the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted just how important art continues to be in education and the lengths educators will go to ensure it is not forgotten in the classroom.
By: Sharla Schuller
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 one upcoming grant and award:
- Walton Family Foundation to Contribute $500,000 to Support Little Rock Students
Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:
- Alabama Courses of Study Health and PE (AD 2019/IMPL 2020) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10-12,9-12
- Alaska Content and Performance Standards Early Childhood Education (AD 2020/IMPL 2020) 0-9 months, 9-18 months, 18-36 months, 36-60+ months
- AP World History: Modern (Eff 2020) Social Studies (Effective 2020) Grades 9-12
- Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards Mathematics (Updated 2018) Grades 9-12 PreCalculus and Quantitative Reasoning
- Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks Health and PE (AD 2019/IMPL 2020) Grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12
- Indiana Academic Standards Social Studies (AD 2020/IMPL 2020) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6-8,6,7,8,9-10,11-12,9-12
- Jump$tart Personal Finance (Reprint 2017) Financial Literacy (AD 2015/REPRINT 2017) Grades K,1-4,5-8,9-12
- Maine Learning Results Mathematics (AD 2020) Grades K-12,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-12
- Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards Health and PE (AD 2020/IMPL 2020) Grades PK-12,PK,K-2,K,1,2,3-5,3,4,5,6-8,6,7,8,9-12
- Newfoundland and Labrador Curriculum Guides Science (AD 2019) Grades 10-12 NEW Chemistry 3202, Physics 3204
- North Carolina Standard Course of Study Mathematics (AD 2019/IMPL 2020) Grades 9-12 NEW Precalculus & Discrete Math
- Oklahoma Academic Standards Arts Education (AD 2020/IMPL 2020) Grades PK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,7-12,9-12
- Ontario Curriculum Health and PE (AD 2019) Grades 1-8
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Social Studies (Effective 2020) Grades K-5 and new HS courses
- Utah Core Standards Health and PE (AD 2019./IMPL 2019) Grades K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7-8,9-12 Health Education
- Virginia Standards of Learning Health and PE (AD 2020/IMPL 2020) Gr K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Health
- Wisconsin Academic Standards World Languages (AD 2019/IMPL 2019) Grades K-12
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