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Alabama Votes to Repeal Common Core

On March 21, 2019 the Education Policy committee unanimously passed the bill to repeal the use of Common Core State Standards, referred to as the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, in K-12 education in the state. According to the bill, the State Board of Education would be required to adopt replacement standards to be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year. Until new standards are adopted, the Common Core standards will stay in place.

Beyond Alignments: Five ways EdGate supports our Publishing Client’s Success

Are you a publisher in need of a not-so-standard (no pun intended) service to meet a specific goal or marketing opportunity? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, we can help!

Standards Update - June 2019

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

EdGate’s Newest Addition to the Suite of Alignment Tools is ExACT AutoAlign

In addition to EdGate’s traditional alignment service and the DIY ExACT Alignment Tool, EdGate now offers ExACT AutoAlign.  ExACT AutoAlign offers the ability to do high volume alignments with short turnaround time for a competitive price. ExACT AutoAlign analyzes metadata associated with a resource and recommends concepts from the EdGate Concept Index.

California Moves Towards more Computer Science Classes

The California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan, agenda Item 03, suggests strategies to state and local school district officials that could increase the number of computer science classes. Only 39 percent of California high schools offer computer science courses, which means only 3 percent of all high school students in the state are enrolled in computer science.

Now Available – Automatic Notifications About Standards Updates!

EdGate is now offering twice monthly standards update notifications. This will allow our clients to easily see what standards have been changed, updated, or added. By subscribing to this service you will be provided the most up-to-date news about our standards repository. This resource will provide our clients current information on educational standards as they are being implemented in states, districts, countries, etc. Notifications will include the adopted date of standards, the status of upcoming or draft standards, and pertinent information like subject and grades.  

Standards Update - May 2019

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

Third Party Standards Alignment Review Becoming Mandatory

Most of us remember the nostalgic excitement of waking up on a snowy day and looking out the window; hoping for school to be cancelled.  Although we may remember those days fondly what we may not remember is making up those days during a spring or summer break.  For many school districts, inclement weather days pose a huge risk to student achievement. States are working hard to provide online course access and virtual school programs to make sure that students can access high quality instruction any time and any place. 

ESSA Update

It has been some time since we last checked in on the status of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. States have experienced a number of hurdles in transitioning from less federal control to greater state and local autonomy in setting their education policy.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards

Recently, there has been a surge of interest in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards within the K-12 school system. Studies have shown that by incorporating SEL curriculum into classrooms, students overall academic performance increased by 11%, compared with students who did not participate in SEL curriculum https://casel.org/impact/. Research is also seeing a positive impact on life outcomes outside of school.