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What exactly is #GoOpen, and how can EdGate Correlation Services help you manage the nearly infinite opportunities created by Open Educational Resources (OER)?

A Decline in Civic Knowledge

With politics at the forefront of nearly every headline these day, knowing the fundamentals of our political system is a topic states are addressing as they are looking to increase student understanding of the basic structure and function of our government. A recent EdWeek article points out to a decline in civic knowledge.  Pennsylvania is expected to be the latest state to require students to take a mandatory civics test in school.

The Status of Common Core Today

When Common Core standards were initially written and adopted, one of the major advantages for publishers and educational content developers was that, with a single textbook or content series, they could address language arts or math concepts needed by every state and significantly reduce the amount of customization they needed to do to make their product viable in their preferred market. One single correlation document could give content providers access to school districts across a wide range of the United States.

Top Stories June 2018

The Gap is Narrowing for Proficiency Among States

When No Child Left Behind was introduced, states were required for students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014, but the definition of "proficiency" varies from state to state. While gaps still exist a national study found the gap between how states define proficiency is narrowing.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix June 2018

Curriculum Matrix LogoIn the last few weeks, 800 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below

  • IXL

  • Teach Engineering



Standards Update - June 2018

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

New Subject Classifications are Coming to the EdGate Repository

EdGate is creating two new subjects, Technology Education and Library Media. The standards and content aligned for this subject are currently housed as Media Technology. These two new subjects will replace Media Technology.

STEAM and SEL – Using Robots to Blend Learning of Hard and Soft Skills

New this year, the Redwood City School District began a Kindergarten program to not only introduce student to STEAM skills, but also to encourage and develop social-emotional skills. The focus of the program is to enhance problem solving skills in the creative and analytical process so that children are more cooperative and collaborative. Students work together to program robots to make movements and accomplish tasks. In doing so, they are learning basic coding skills. In this era, it is definitely an advantage for students to have coding skills.

Media, Literacy, and Preschoolers

According to a recent survey by Common Sense Media, children under eight-years-old view content on mobile devices for an average of 48 minutes per day. Researchers also found an increase in the amount of quality content available for preschoolers to view. In a recently-published paper called, Kevin Wong, an adjunct instructor from NYU, identified existing educational media accessible to low-income preschoolers. "If the quantity of media consumption is not going down, then our goal is to see what the quality [of media consumed by preschoolers] looks like," explains Wong.

EdGate Helps Publishers Personalize Content through Metadata, Keywords, Alignments and More

Personalized Content has to be one of the biggest buzz phrases of 2018 (and 2017 and 2016).  It’s often hard to tell how sincere companies are, those words are used so often. Website after blog after social media site, you can be sure to find companies claiming that they personalize content, especially in the ed-tech world. In EdGate’s case, we don’t feel any remorse (not even a faint blush) by claiming that we personalize content for our publishing clients.