A new organization is wading into the (very choppy) waters of judging whether major textbooks and other classroom materials are common-core aligned.
- The long-rumored edreports.org now has an executive director—Eric Hirsch, formerly the chief external affairs officer at the New Teacher Center—as well as a mission statement and a basic up-and-running website. The nonprofit is billing itself as "a 'Consumer Reports' for school materials."
- The organization joins several others that are vetting instructional materials for alignment to the Common Core State Standards. Achieve, the nonprofit that played a key role in launching the common-standards initiative, created EQuIP, which evaluates the alignment of curricula and lessons to the common standards (it's not currently being used to vet the work of the big publishers).
- Learning List, a for-profit company, analyzes digital and print educational resources for common-core alignment, but charges for access.
- In addition, about 20 states convene panels to develop "adoption lists," which determine the instructional materials districts can choose from.
- about 20 states convene panels to develop "adoption lists," which determine the instructional materials districts can choose from.