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How Common Core is killing the textbook - The Hechinger Report

How Common Core is killing the textbook - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
BERKELEY, Calif. — On a sunny January afternoon, the heaviest things in six-year-old Miriam Foster’s backpack were her lunch box and her jacket, making it manageable for the kindergartener’s walk home. “She does it herself from here to home, and home to here,” said Miriam’s mom, Tawankon Foster, 31. Her light load was not unique. …
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Publishers Confront Challenges of Crafting Common-Core Materials

Publishers Confront Challenges of Crafting Common-Core Materials | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A pair of experts who are helping educators implement the Common Core State Standards gave education publishers an brief tutorial on those multistate academic guidelines this week. In turn, they were given an update from industry representatives on what they're hearing from customers in K-12 systems that are buying their products.

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At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

At last, accountability for textbook publishers? | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Nearly all American K–12 students are exposed to it every day. It decides, in large part, what students will learn in school and how they will learn it. It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.

 

No, this isn’t another blog about teachers. I’m talking textbooks. We need good textbooks in front of kids just as badly as we need good teachers. However, from a research and policy perspective, improving textbook quality is a lot easier.

 

A little-noticed report last week in Education Week described a new initiative to be the Consumer Reports of textbooks. A new nonprofit called EdReports plans to post “free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards.” If they’re careful, credible, and diligent, this initiative could turn the lights up on a largely ignored factor in student outcomes that is ripe for analysis and improvement. And it could even blunt some of the more heated criticisms of the Common Core. Here’s why I think EdReports, and textbooks in general, matter:

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The idea of a Consumer Reports slant to reviews of all material purported to be Common Core aligned could be a boon for schools and teachers: most importantly, for the teaching and learning of our children. It could also be beneficial to smaller publishers doing good work in developing Common Core materials but unknown because they are small and outspent by the large educational publishing companies.

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Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption

Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
"Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today.

According to White, committees formed to review the textbooks knocked about three-quarters of them from the adoption list, while department officials decided to strike the rest. The primary reason, White said, was that "they don't consistently reflect the level of work we see in the PARCC prototypes."

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