Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., Rather, schools were purchasing a restricted license to use a subject/grade’s worth of a publisher’s instructional content, which happened to be disseminated in the form of a book. The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

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Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Experienced educators create the materials based on research and cover topics such as critical thinking, differentiated learning, instructional strategies, classroom management and more. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

Total spending on K-12 instructional materials stood at $11.8 billion in 2013-14, according to the Education Market Association. Assessment Ed-tech Procurement Publishing instructionalmaterials schoolconstruction

Oregon Department of Education Names i-Ready® Assessment an Approved Universal Screening Tool for Risk Factors of Dyslexia

eSchool News

September 23, 2021— The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment to its Approved Universal Screening Tools for Risk Factors of Dyslexia list for the 2021–2022 school year. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

MiddleWeb

Former special education teacher Cheryl Mizerny says the same techniques used to help kids with dyslexia succeed can benefit all students in the core subjects. Now an ELA educator, she highlights useful tools, instructional techniques, assessments, and SEL strategies. Inclusion It's Not Easy Being Tween assessing understanding Cheryl Mizerny dyslexia emotional support general education instructional materials instructional techniques special education

Assessing at Home i-Ready Diagnostic Kit Helps Educators Administer Diagnostics

eSchool News

After the extended period of distance learning this past spring, it is more important than ever that educators know students’ strengths and areas for growth as they enter the new school year. Beginning the year with an assessment like the i-Ready Diagnostic is critical to this effort.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school. The emphasis of the Guide , said Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, is not on critiquing specific content but in helping educators develop an ongoing review process and giving content providers a concrete outline for how the process should work.

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Rhode Island Department of Ed Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved Interim Assessment

eSchool News

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic as an approved interim assessment for the 2020–2021 school year. i-Ready makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality for K–12 teachers and students.

How to find, curate, and assess OER

eSchool News

As schools and districts try to reduce textbook costs and digitize instructional resources, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of open education resources (OER). However, access itself isn’t enough and the sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming. The second challenge is knowing how to curate or organize the materials you find into useful groups.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

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Mississippi Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates’ Programs as Evidence-Based Academic Interventions

eSchool News

August 3, 2021— The Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) Office of Student Intervention Services recently named a number of Curriculum Associates’ programs as approved academic interventions. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Curriculum Associates Names 44 Teachers to the 2021 Class of Extraordinary Educators

eSchool News

Curriculum Associates has named 44 teachers to the 2021 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers from around the country. This is the second year of the Extraordinary Educators program.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

based provider of instructional software and formative assessment tools that is on a buying spree. In the past, it’s focused on pairing assessments with digital instructional materials. Founded in 1986, the company is perhaps best known for its Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math programs, along with its STAR formative assessments that help teachers and students prepare for their end-of-year state exams.

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Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

techlearning

September 10, 2018— In its request for qualifications, the Ohio Department of Education “sought vendors with assessment tools that can fulfill multiple purposes to assist districts in selecting tools that will maximize their use of time and resources, and provide high educational value,” according to its website. Assessments had to meet the minimum criteria in the RFQ in order to be approved for use. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Texas Education Agency Approves FEV Tutor as a Full-Service Provider in New Statewide High-Impact Tutoring Initiative

eSchool News

7, 2021 – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has approved FEV Tutor to be a full-service member of the state’s new Vetted Texas Tutoring Corps (VTTC). Local education agencies (LEAs) may use local ESSER funding to obtain these tutoring programs. WOBURN, Mass. Sept.

Florida Department of Education Approves Lexia Learning for ELA Intervention Courses

eSchool News

BOSTON (June 8, 2021) – Lexia Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, announced today that Florida’s Commissioner of Education has approved Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) as curriculum in elementary intervention courses.

Choosing Edtech: Three Learnings from Five Districts

Digital Promise

Department of Education is providing local education agencies (LEAs) to address students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs. Blog Educators MarketplaceHow might districts find edtech to support learning?

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Curriculum Associates Launches i-Ready Standards Mastery for Virginia to Provide Insight into Learning Loss

eSchool News

To provide just-in-time information on students’ mastery of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and instructional recommendations to address specific learning loss, Curriculum Associates has created i-Ready Standards Mastery for Virginia.

Indiana Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates a School Improvement Preferred Technical Assistance Partner

eSchool News

June 22, 2021— The Indiana Department of Education recently named Curriculum Associates a School Improvement Preferred Technical Assistance Partner to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Student Learning. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Oklahoma State Department of Education Names i-Ready® a Reading Sufficiency Act K–3 State Approved Screening Instrument

eSchool News

July 14, 2021— The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OKSDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready as a Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) K–3 State Approved Screening Instrument. Assess all five reading skill areas defined in the RSA Oklahoma statute (i.e.,

Looking Past COVID: Science Education Post Pandemic

edWeb.net

Science education during COVID has challenged the best of teachers. They also noted how their efforts illuminated science education gaps that COVID heightened. Principal among them is pairing professional learning with quality materials to advance teacher practice in the classroom.

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

eSchool News

The Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the leading international organization for publishers of assessment programs, has named Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron to its newly formed CEO Council.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials.

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New York State Education Department Approves Curriculum Associates as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Sponsor

eSchool News

September 14, 2020—The New York State Education Department has approved Curriculum Associates as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor. As part of the state requirements, educators must complete 100 CTLE hours every five years. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

New Mexico Public Education Department Names Curriculum Associates to Its High-Quality Professional Learning Marketplace List for 2021

eSchool News

July 6, 2021— The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics and Ready Reading programs to its High-Quality Professional Learning (HQPL) Marketplace List for 2021. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Curriculum Associates Sponsors the Council of the Great City Schools’ Inaugural Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

eSchool News

Casserly, Executive Director of the Council, to select an educator pursuing a graduate-level education degree to receive a $10,000 scholarship. To learn more about the CGCS and the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice, visit CGCS.org/Page/1239.

New Certification Rewards Education Products Backed by Research

Edsurge

In an effort to help educators, parents and other education technology consumers make better choices about the products they use, Digital Promise spent the last year developing a “research-based design” product certification. Education Technology Nonprofits Efficacy Education Research

3-Year Damage Assessment: What Has Race to the Top Done to Us?

The 21st Century Principal

I have never been due to its over-reliance on standardization of education, over to the top emphasis on testing, and its hyper-focus on competition. Just like its older cousin, No Child Left Behind, at the end of the day, Race to the Top will most likely go down in the history of education reform as just another failed and misguided educational reform. We keep ramping up the testing, changing standards, but we cut instructional materials and professional development funding.

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics for Grades 6–8 Named a Highly Rated, “All Green” Program by EdReports.org

eSchool News

September 24, 2021— Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics for Grades 6–8 was recently named a highly rated program by EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that conducts evidence-based reviews of instructional materials. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Croix River Education District.

Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Classroom Mathematics Receives Highest Rating

eSchool News

Curriculum Associates’ Ready Classroom Mathematics program for Grades K–5 recently received a Tier 1 rating by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). Ratings are based on elements such as the focus, coherence, rigor, alignment, and quality of the materials.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Education. Education is sharing.

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Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

Her desire to incentivize and reward students for their reading diligence was born out of a deep concern for some alarming English Language Arts (ELA) numbers: In 2018, when she became the principal, the lowest-performing 25% of her 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders reached only 46% of their expected yearly growth based on statewide assessments. “I This assessment, which measures the amount of progress a student makes between two points in time, ideally falls between 1.5

Florida’s Commissioner of Education Approves the Award-Winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for Classroom Use Statewide

techlearning

October 10, 2018) – Following a comprehensive review, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, as recommended by the state’s Instructional Materials Reviewers, recently approved the adoption of the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. Discovery Education’s Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6

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