The EdGate Observer





August 2011


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Top Stories
Hot Topic
Burning Question
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What do educators and other school stakeholders think are the "most" important skills for students?

A recent poll taken by eSchool News asked their readers, "If you could choose only one, what's the skill you'd like every student to learn? Here is the list of the top ten responses:


1. Read

2. Type

3. Write

4. Communicate effectively, and with respect

5. Question

6. Be resourceful

7. Be accountable

8. Know how to learn

9. Think critically

10. Be happy

For more information, visit:

eSchool News: Ten Skills Every Student Should Learn 




BookStats (http://www.bookstats.org/), presented by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is a first of its kind joint venture to unify the statistics that are used throughout publishing, financial and media industries to track the size and shape of the publishing industry in the United States.



Higher Education's $4.5 Billion net sales revenue for 2010 represents a significant 23.1% increase over 2008. K-12 School, the industry's second largest category by net sales dollar volume, reached $5.5 Billion revenue in 2010.


e-books have grown from 0.6% of the total Trade market share in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010. While that represents a small amount in the total market for formats, it translates to 1274.1% in publisher net sales revenue year-over-year with total net revenue for 2010 at $878 Million.


K-12 Schools The category showed a -12.4% decline from 2008-2009 but rebounded in 2009-2010 with a +7.1% increase.


Higher Education posted a significant 23.1% increase in net sales revenue for publishers over the three years, with steady annual growth of 15.5% and 6.6% respectively. Net revenue for the category in 2010 is $4.55 Billion.

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In this month's newsletter, we focus on the most recent educational news pertaining to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Hot Topic), Is iPad the Answer? (Burning Question), STEM Standards (Client Solutions), Statistical Reporting (EdGate Solutions), and following up with new additions to the EdGate Standards Repository (Standards Update).


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Hot Topic



Budget Control Act of 2011


Those not following the news on the Budget Control Act of 2011 might think it is all over and that education got away without too many cuts. Surprise! The cutting may just be getting started.


The law created a 12-person joint congressional committee (the so-called super committee) to identify further ways to reduce the national debt.


The special committee must complete its work by November 23rd. Then, both the House and Senate must hold an up or down vote (with no amendments) on the committee's recommendations by December 23rd.


If the committee cannot agree, or Congress rejects their plan, mandatory cuts kick in. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is predicting an across-the-board cut of 9 percent. That's approximately a $4 billion piece out of the Education department's budget...an equivalent of all of last year's Race to the Top Funding.



For further information:


National Education Association

American Library Association

Strategies for Children Blog

Education Week

By: Rich Street

Project Manager

Burning Question iPad_image     


Is iPad the Answer?


A number of schools across the nation are embracing the iPad to teach everything from Shakespeare to mathematics. Although no one can yet say for sure whether the iPad is a lasting solution, an expensive fad, or something in between, some school districts, like Durham Public Schools in Durham, North Carolina are banking on the success of the iPad, using Race to the Top grant funds to provide an iPad to teachers and students at low performing schools.


In April, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launched the HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1 App, providing award−winning Holt McDougal Algebra 1 core curriculum. The app offers step-by-step animated instruction and instant feedback on practice question, plus access to over 400 tutorials.


Eighth Grade students in a pilot study of iPads at Presidio Middle School report that the iPad is more "fun"; that they understand more by watching videos with step by step instructions; and they like its small size, which offers relief from a backpack full of heavy books.


Educators remain divided over whether laptops make a real difference to academic achievement. Some see tablet computers as an extravagance in a time when layoffs and budget cuts loom over districts. Larry Cuban, a professor emeritus of education at Stanford University,  is quoted in the January 4, 2011 New York times as saying "There is very little evidence that kids learn more, faster or better by using these machines."


Whatever your position, the conversation is on! Educators are talking and anyone who wants to get in on the discussion can read more at http://www.ipadinschools.com/.Lisa_Waugh


By: Lisa Waugh  

Project Manager

Client Solution      STEM_image


What are STEM standards?


It really depends on who you ask. While everyone might agree they represent a movement towards improving science, math, and engineering skills among our students through a better understanding and application of technology, very few would agree on the details of actually getting there. Most states have their own version of 'getting there' at various stages, and then there are the 'national' sets of standards too, like the NSES, NCTM, ITEA and ABET.


The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) formed a Corporate Member Council and published their "K-12 STEM Guidelines for All Americans" in 2008. (http://www.asee.org/member-resources/councils-and-chapters/corporate-member-council/special-interest-group/cmc-k12-stem-guidelines-for-all-americans.pdf) Heavy references to the existing National Science Standards (NSES), National Math Standards (NCTM), and the International Technology Education Association Standards (ITEA) are prevalent throughout the document, and it appears the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) was used as well. Minnesota has developed a website devoted to STEM - 'preparing students for careers in math, technology, science, and engineering skills'. The National Research Council (NRC) published a large report in July - "A Framework for K-12 Science Education", which will include sections on engineering and technology. The final draft is expected to be released near the end of 2012.


EdGate will be keeping a close eye on the push for STEM education, and what standards evolve from it.Larry_Johnson


By: Larry Johnson 

Project Manager

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Statistical Reporting:


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For more information and pricing, please contact your sales representative Leslie Kolber at lkolber@edgate.com or Tracy Olstad at  tolstad@edgate.com.


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Standards Update


Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:


� Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards - Arts Education (2010) 

� Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards - World Languages (2010)
� Florida Assessment Standards - Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (2011 FCAT/EOC)

� Hawaii Assessment Standards - Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (2010 HSA)  

� Maryland - School Library Media (2010) 

� Massachusetts Assessment Standards - Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (2011 MCAS)
Mississippi - Social Studies (2011)  

Pennsylvania Assessment Standards - Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (2010 PSSA)  

� Texas Assessment Standards - Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (2011 STAAR)


Common Core Update

The EdGate Standards Repository now includes the following state-specific Common Core Standards:

Alabama*, Arizona*, Arkansas, California*, Colorado*, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas*, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts*, Michigan, Minnesota*, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York*, North Carolina, North Dakota*, Ohio*, Oklahoma, Oregon*, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, US Virgin Islands, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (Note: states marked with an * indicate up to 15% additions).


Status of Remaining States:

Alaska (not formally adopted)

Maryland (draft frameworks - not yet finalized) 

Montana (not formally adopted) 

Nebraska (not formally adopted) 

New Mexico (draft 15% additions recommended - not yet finalized) 

Pennsylvania (state is considering limited additions) 

Texas (not formally adopted) 

Vermont (state is considering additions) 

Virginia (not formally adopted) 


If you have any questions regarding standards, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to assist you. You can always join us on Twitter and Facebook to receive notifications regarding state standards in the EdGate Standards Repository at:





Kristie McCarley

EdGate Standards Manager