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INSIGHTS FOR EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING IN THE 21st CENTURY  
  
March 2011
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Client Solution
Burning Question
Hot Topic
Standards Update
Client Solution

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Have you been wondering what all the buzz around engineering standards is about?

 

Policy makers continue to debate whether schools should adopt K-12 engineering standards, and EdGate came up with a solution. Our science, math and technology teams got together to evaluate, review, discuss and correlate all 4,459 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Standards.

 

The solution for our clients is to help them get ahead of national trends and the way we see it, making STEM standards available is a great way to accomplish that.

 

As always, we are here to assist you and can certainly provide correlations to any content you offer.

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Jodi Waugh   

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Greetings everyone,

 

In this month's newsletter, we focus on national standards adopted in Australia (Hot Topic), EdGate's Gap Analysis Service (Burning Question), STEM standards (Client Solutions), and following up with new additions to the EdGate Standards Repository and a Common Core update (Standards Update).

 

As always, EdGate is your source for staying abreast of any new developments in education and specifically the impact of educational standards.   

 

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Sandra Schugren, EdGate General Manager

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EdGate Correlation Services' Gap Analysis

 

In a recent survey about correlation of content, it was revealed that some of our readers may not be aware that in addition to correlation services, EdGate Correlation Services has tools available that can help you identify standards not covered by your content.  These tools are known as Gap Analysis.

 

Through a secure web-based interface, EdGate Correlation Services' Publisher Correlation Center can provide detailed gap analysis reports that allow an analysis of content correlations by viewing the correlated and non-correlated standards for a specific state.  Statistical reports can provide summary data for these queries as well.  These reports can be used for content development, state or district bids, and general analysis of content coverage for a specific standard.  All reports can be easily viewed, printed, or exported.

 

For more information, please email customer service at

correlation@edgate.com.

Kathleen Ideguchi

 

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Australia Adopts 'National' Standards  

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the development of this national curriculum, referred to as "Australian Curriculum".  After two years of work, phase 1 was published December 8, 2010, and included grades "Foundation to year 10" (K-10), with standards supporting the 4 core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, and History. (For more details: Shape of the Australian Curriculum v2.0 ). Senior secondary curriculum (Years 11-12) in these core areas continues to be developed in 2011.  EdGate is in the process of adding the K-10 new standards to its repository.  

Now in phase 2, The Australian Curriculum is being developed for Geography, Languages, and the Arts.  Geography is first in line and ACARA predicts these will be in draft form for the final "Consultation" phase near the end of 2011, and publication of the 'adopted' set is scheduled for June 2012.  (For more details: Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography ). Languages and the Arts are being developed and will follow Geography, but no publication schedule has been yet determined.  

 

According to ACARA, "Learning areas not included in the Australian Curriculum will continue to be the responsibility of state and territory education authorities."  EdGate will be watching to see just how the Australian Curriculum is positioned with existing State and Territory Standards - will 'AC' replace them, or will they be an additional set of standards? We will keep you posted.Larry_Johnson 

 

Larry Johnson 

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Standards Update

 

Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:

 

Colorado Language Arts (revised December 2010)

Colorado Mathematics (revised December 2010)

Delaware Coded Common Core Language Arts (2010) 

Delaware Coded Common Core Mathematics (2010)

Common Core Update

 

Currently, there are 44 states that have "adopted" the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Most of these states are in the process of developing their implementation timelines, reviewing their current state standards against the Common Core to determine if any of the 15% federal guideline additions will be considered, and developing new state assessments to Common Core. The target date for implementation of the new assessments is scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.

Here is an example of 10 states we are monitoring. This information is tracked on a regular basis and we can provide detailed information to our clients for all states. 

 

STATE ADOPTIONS & Implementation Status 

 

Alabama (proposed additions in process)

Arizona (proposed additions in process)

Arkansas (proposed additions in process)

California (includes up to 15% additions)

Colorado (includes up to 15% additions)

Connecticut (draft crosswalk documents in process)

Delaware (no additions made except unique coding)

District of Columbia (adopted "as-is" no additions made)

Florida (proposed additions in process)

Georgia (considering adding up to 15%)

 

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 postings regarding state standards in the EdGate Standards Repository at:Kristie

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Kristie McCarley

EdGate Standards Manager

kmccarley@edgate.com