The EdGate Observer





February 2014 


In This Issue
Top Stories
Client Solution
Hot Topic
Common Core Update
Top Stories


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Top 10 States of 2013 Public High School Graduates Succeeding on AP Exams:

1.   Maryland (29.6%)

2.   Connecticut (28.8%)

3.   Virginia (28.3%)

4.   Massachusetts (27.9%)

5.   Florida (27.3%)

6.   California (26.9%)

7.   New York (25.4 %)

8.   Utah (25.4 %)

9.   Colorado (24.4 %)

10.  New Jersey (23.6%)


Now for the iPad: an App to Prepare for Common Core Curriculum

The Ardsley School District in Westchester County is one of five districts in the U.S. participating in a yearlong pilot program using an app developed by Pearson Education Inc. that teaches math and English to prepare students for the Common Core curriculum, new educational standards that most states are beginning to implement. 


The Common Core in New York

Last spring the state shifted from its old standardized tests for grades three through eight to ones based on the new learning standards. Scores declined, as expected; only about 31 percent of the state's students in those grades met or exceeded the new proficiency standard in English language arts, down from about 55 percent the year before. The decline in scores came as a shock to parents in affluent communities, many of whom insisted that the problem lay not in their schools but in the new tests.


Louisiana Principal's Success - A Lesson in Perseverance

Port Barre Elementary's school principal, Gabe Sonnier, is new to the principal position, but he's been working at this same school for more than 30 years. Mr. Sonnier's incredible journey from janitor to principal began in 1985. 


Staff Highlight


We would like to introduce you to a member of our Digital/Video Content Project Team,
Candy Mead
Candy is part of EdGate's team that segments and summarizes educational video. In addition to her work with EdGate, she writes online current events lessons for middle and high school and develops study guides for a non-profit educational film producer/distributor. As a home-schooling parent, Candy served as president of the Puget Sound Speech and Debate Association for homeschooled teens. She received her bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Washington.

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By: Jodi Waugh  

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Hot Topic      




After years of lackluster sales due to the economic downturn, there is light at the end of the tunnel for educational publishers with the increasing demand for PreK-12 digital and print content correlated to Common Core Standards.


The surge has intensified since state budgets improved and districts are able to once again invest money in instructional materials. An Education Week article reports that sales for print and digital instructional materials jumped 25% in September over the prior year. We have seen the steady increase here at EdGate with our clients trying to meet this demand by providing Common Core alignments for both new and previously published content. We look forward to this trend continuing!


If you find a need for any of your digital or print content to be correlated, we are happy to help. Please feel free to Jennifer_NEWcontact your project manager or one of our sales account managers for assistance. 


By: Jennifer Larson
Project Manager

Common Core Update  




On February 18th, the Council of Language Arts Supervisors in the state of Florida prepared a general petition to ELA publishers regarding the revisions the Florida Department of Education (DOE) made to their set of Common Core standards.


This letter states the transition to the Language Arts Florida Standards requires adjustments on the part of each school district in Florida. The curriculum guides will reflect the change in coding (LAFS instead of LACC) as well as the revised verbiage of individual standards. These same revisions will be applied to course syllabi, lesson plans, posted learning goals, and academic scales of understanding. The board is petitioning publishers to replace the term "Common Core" with "Florida Standards" in all applicable instances and that the coding of each standard reflect the official coding set forth by Florida DOE by the fall of 2014 to reflect these modifications.


According to the state's press release, there were 13 clarifications and the addition of cursive writing to 4th and 5th grade. For mathematics, there are 24 clarifications, two deleted standards in kindergarten and first grade, and the addition of 60 new standards that includes 53 for calculus at the high school level. These changes will take effect in the coming 2014-2015 school year.


EdGate is addressing these changes made by the state and have added to our queue of updates for this summer. The standards currently in our repository accurately reflect the standards which are implemented for the 2013-2014 current school year.  Here is an example of this change reflected in an ELA standard for Grade 2 Literacy

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Standards Update 


Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:  


� Australian Curriculum (ACARA) - Science (2013)

� Australian Curriculum (ACARA) - Mathematics (2013)

� Australian Curriculum (ACARA) - Language Arts (2013)

� California - Science (2013)

� Connecticut - Early Childhood Education (2013)

� ISTE Standards for Students - Name change from ISTE NETS for Students

� ISTE Standards for Teachers - Name change from ISTE NETS for Teachers

� ISTE Standards for Administrators - Name change from ISTE NETS for Administrators

� Newfoundland and Labrador - Science (2012)

� Texas TEKS - Language Arts Courses (2011)

� Texas TEKS United States History Studies Since 1877 Breakouts - Social Studies (2013)

� Texas TEKS English Language Proficiency Social Studies Breakouts - Social Studies (2013)

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 and Operations Manager