Personalizing within the Curriculum: High Quality Instructional Materials as a Lever for Student-Centered Learning

Education Elements

Over the last 10 years, we have seen a significant shift in how educators access and leverage instructional materials to guide instruction.

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?


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Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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.

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.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

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

We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia


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 educationFormer special education teacher Cheryl Mizerny says the same techniques used to help kids with dyslexia succeed can benefit all students in the core subjects.

Curriculum Associates Updates i-Ready® with New Lessons and Assessments to Further Support Dual-Language Classrooms and Spanish-Speaking Students

eSchool News

September 23, 2021— To further support Spanish-speaking students in dual-language or transitional-bilingual programs, Curriculum Associates recently added new lessons and assessments to its award-winning i-Ready program. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

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

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. They support sound pedagogy and balanced assessment to help teachers understand and interpret student performance. State leaders need to make sure they are giving educators the tools they need to select the best materials for the classroom.

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CenterPoint’s Illustrative Mathematics Certified and EL Education Aligned Assessments Now Integrated with Kiddom’s High-Quality Digital Curriculum to Support Learning and Instruction

eSchool News

The partnership will provide educators and students with instant access to high-quality assessments aligned to the curriculum already being used in their classrooms. Interim assessments are administered throughout a school year and are key to supporting learning.

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.,

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Assessment Named to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Approved List of Dyslexia Screeners

eSchool News

April 3, 2022— The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment to its approved list of dyslexia screeners. i-Ready makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality for Grades K–12 teachers and students.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Formative Assessment

Graphite Blog

What is formative assessment? What makes a good formative assessment? How should I use formative assessment results? How do I know what type of formative assessment to use? What are the benefits of using an edtech tool for formative assessment?

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. After a rigorous review, i-Ready Diagnostic was named one of the chosen assessments for meeting RIDE’s assessment criteria.

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

eSchool News

Beginning the year with an assessment like the i-Ready Diagnostic is critical to this effort. While assessing at home is challenging regardless of the test or provider, many schools successfully tested remotely this past spring.

North Carolina State Board of Education Names i-Ready® as the Recommended Competency-Based Assessment for Summer Learning Programs

eSchool News

Award-winning Diagnostic, which is already widely used across the state, provides educators with actionable criterion-referenced and normative data to deliver impactful student instruction.

Navigating the Shift to OER

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.

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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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Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data


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


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.,

Latest Research from Curriculum Associates Highlights Importance of Grade-Level Readiness for Student Growth

eSchool News

After several reports exploring the extent of unfinished learning, we find that remote versus in school alone did not matter much in impacting student scores,” said Dr. Kristen Huff, vice president of assessment and research at Curriculum Associates. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,March

Curriculum Associates Selects 35 Standout Teachers for Its 2022 Class of Extraordinary Educators

eSchool News

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. Newsline achievement Assessments best class classroom Curriculum educators grades innovation practices

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.

Savvas Delivers New Summer Solutions for Math and Literacy to Move Learning Forward

eSchool News

The curated, easy-to-implement instructional materials, combined with state-of-the-art screener and diagnostic assessment tools, are designed to help move learning forward for all students.

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.

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

The 21st Century Principal

This added technological burden comes at a time when teachers have more students in their classrooms than ever, and less instructional materials and text materials than ever, all because of a governor and state legislature unwilling to fund education in North Carolina. We keep ramping up the testing, changing standards, but we cut instructional materials and professional development funding. I think I have been fairly clear. I am no fan of Race to the Top.

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

eSchool News

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools.

Choosing Edtech: Three Learnings from Five Districts

Digital Promise

For example, a product that disseminates instructional materials may be considered successful based on usage data, whereas a product focused on learning interventions or direct instruction may require assessment data evidence to determine success.

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

eSchool News

The recent approval from MDE reinforces the power of our evidence-based programs in supporting educators with this task of driving meaningful instruction, which will be key as they work to accelerate learning.”. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

NewseumED’s Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Catlin Tucker

” The Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Media Literacy Guide has 11 separate multimedia lessons designed using the 5 E’s constructivist instructional model. These lessons are cross-curricular, standards-aligned, and includes video instruction, instructions, materials, downloadable resources, discussion questions.

Louisiana Department of Education Rates Lexia Reading Core5 as Highest Tier of Efficacy

eSchool News

To support local school districts’ decisions on purchasing instructional materials, the LDOE evaluates products on program design, instructional design, usability and support, and other criteria for high quality. A committee of Louisiana educators reviews the materials.

Curriculum Associates’ Complete i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics Program for K–8 Now Rated as Tier 1 by the Louisiana Department of Education

eSchool News

A Tier 1 rating from the LDOE is the real benchmark when it comes to choosing comprehensive and quality instructional programs to meet the needs of students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates.

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.


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

Carolina Biological Announced South Carolina Adopted New Grades K to 12 Science Teaching Materials

eSchool News

16, 2021 – Carolina Biological announced that two of its elementary school science programs are among the rigorous list of new science materials just adopted by the South Carolina State Board of Education for the state’s K-12 science curriculum. COLUMBIA, SC, Dec.

Standardized tests in their current format are ‘incredibly antiquated’

The Hechinger Report

They argue the solution isn’t to get rid of assessments, however, but to redesign them to be more effective. Over the past two years — when almost all state standardized tests were suspended — periodic assessments provided educators with some data to understand what kids learned — or didn’t.

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It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

As a Gates Foundation exec puts it: “ Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional material is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready.” I agree completely however not all students need the same instructional material at the same time. It’s about delivering the right instruction to the right student at the right time!

New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

Today Learning List, the leading instructional materials review service for schools and districts, announces its alliance with The College Board to provide professional, independent reviews of Advanced Placement (AP) materials to empower educators to select instructional materials that will best prepare their students for success in AP courses. The College Board will use Learning List’s reviews to select materials for the AP Example Textbooks lists.

Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Classroom Mathematics Receives Highest Rating

eSchool News

This highest rating from the LDOE, which was given after a comprehensive, educator-led review process, signifies the instructional program “exemplifies quality” and “meets all non-negotiable criteria and scored the best possible on all indicators of superior quality.”.

Using open educational resources to empower differentiated instruction


Open educational resources, also known as OER, provide a great way to supplement curriculum to differentiate instruction and better meet each learner’s needs in your classroom. para built itself upon a robust pedagogical foundation that is designed to support differentiated instruction.


K12 Open Ed

The reasons for this are many — ranging from the culture of some schools that holds instructional materials as sacrosanct to the lack of time and/or expertise to do this work. However, I think another key element is the very nature of instructional materials. This contrasts with most instructional materials, which by their very nature are complex and carefully designed, often with spiraling content, interwoven assessments, and a variety of pedagogical features.

Curriculum Associates’ Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Sonya Coleman Named to the National Alliance of Black School Educators Board of Directors

eSchool News

Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance, and overall achievement.