District Leaders See Future Changes in How Textbooks are Adopted
"A major change is approaching with the adoption and, in the next four years, the implementation of national Common Core academic standards by 40 states, including South Carolina.
With 46 states and D.C. adopting the CCSS, textbook producers will adapt.
"There's speculation about what the textbook industry will do," Bosket said. "Common sense would dictate that, with 40 states adopting those standards, the publishers likely will move in a similar direction."
Eventually, Common Core should save money, Stowe said, as the textbooks should be less expensive and more likely to match up with standards.
Less Narrative Text/More Informational Text
"The big issue with Common Core is that they will ask us to use more non-fiction reading," Stowe said. "Right now, most are fiction stories. This will be a shift to informational text and a big different in the reading series. We just hope they will be funded."
Note to School Leaders: This article makes no mention of the significant increase in "text complexity." Will our textbooks be out of date?