The EdGate Observer





March 2013


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Top Stories
Common Core Update
Hot Topic
STEM Education
Top Stories

New Standards for Teaching Kids About Money

Next month a new set of standards for financial literacy will be unveiled, according to the Council for Economic Education, a nonprofit promoting financial education. The new standards establish clear benchmarks for what kids should know by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12 and are broken into six personal finance categories:


1. Earning income

2. Buying goods and services

3. Saving

4. Using credit

5. Investing 

6. Protecting and insuring


New Learning Definitions:

A collection by Rich Street

Blended Learning: Innosight Institute defines blended learning as: a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.


Digital Learning: Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience.


Distance Learning: General term for any type of educational activity in which the participants are at a distance from each other--in other words, are separated in space. They may or may not be separated in time (asynchronous vs. synchronous).


Hybrid Learning: The term "hybrid course" (a term used interchangeably with the term "blended learning") names a model of course design that combines traditional, face-to-face class time with online and out-of-class course work.


Online Learning: Education in which instruction and content are delivered primarily over the Internet. (Watson & Kalmon, 2005) The term does not include printed-based correspondence education, broadcast television or radio, videocassettes, and stand-alone educational software programs that do not have a significant Internet-based instructional component. Used interchangeably with Virtual learning, Cyber learning, e-learning.


Virtual Learning: See Online Learning


Do you have questions about other terms used in the education market today? Send Rich Street an email at rstreet@edgate.com 

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In this month's newsletter, we focus on the most recent educational news pertaining to Pennsylvania's formal adoption of Common Core (Common Core Update), Shaping the Future in 2013 (Hot Topic), the Quest for STEM (STEM Education), Free Marketing Services (EdGate Services) and following up with new additions to the EdGate Standards Repository (Standards Update).


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Common Core Update PA_CCSS  




The State Board of Education voted to adopt final-form regulations to amend Chapter 4, Academic Standards and Assessment, of Title 22, the Pennsylvania Education Code. Specifically, the board's action puts into place the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and requires students to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam, validated local assessment or a comparable Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exam.


As required by the new regulations, the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in English language, arts and mathematics must be implemented in all public schools across the state by July 1, 2013.


The board also voted to repeal the required culminating graduation project, and the Keystone Exams, from counting as one-third of a student's course grade. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will no longer be required for 11th-grade students but will continue to be taken by students in grades 3 through 8. Additionally, the PSSA will be aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards in the 2014-15 school year.


Now that the board has taken final action to amend the regulations, they will now go to the House and Senate Education committees and Independent Regulatory Review Commission for consideration.


According to the Department of Education Standards Aligned System, the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards (Draft Versions) will also be finalized and the "draft" watermark will be removed from their new documents in the coming months to reflect this change. At that time, these new standards will be added to the EdGate Standards Repository for your correlation needs.

To read more about this, visit:

State Board of Ed. Finalizes Adoption of PA Common Core State Academic Standards, High School Graduation Requirements 



Hot Topic   




In a Huffington Post blog titled "2013: The Digital Year that Will Shape the Future of Education" author Ashish Rangnekar says that he thinks established publishers will start working with tech companies and sites several examples of the trend. This continues the predicted trend of 2012 where K-12 education companies sought to diversify their product offerings through digital learning technology.


Another hot trend is MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). MOOCs have been around for some time, but are starting to gain acceptance into the mainstream. They have been viewed as attacks on traditional higher education institutions and are now starting to appear in the K-12 market. Rangnekar thinks the issue of monetization is still in its infancy. This is despite the February announcement by Apple that content downloads from its iTunes U free online catalog of educational content have topped one billion. Lots of action, but where is the money?


Rangnekar also states that "Today, education publishing is where media/entertainment publishing was 10 years ago. This calls for Rich_Newinnovative business models, distribution channels and more importantly a complete overhaul of the product design mindset." Do you agree? 


Project Manager

STEM Education     STEM_image  




Due to increased interest in technology, more and more clients are asking us to align their content to the National STEM Standards.


According to Forbes, "Given the race for innovation - both in the start-up economy and in the big businesses looking to compete with them - it's no wonder that nine out of the 10 listed degrees are in technology." Of these, the Computer Engineering degrees are leading the pack.


In other words, "...a STEM degree could be the fast-track to financial and professional success...". Forbes goes on to claim that "STEM-related jobs are growing 60% faster than other fields." For the complete article, visit: The 10 Best-Paying College Majors -- And Why Business Isn't One Of Them 

With the NGSS scheduled to release their latest 'updated science standards' this spring/summer, which are part of the STEM standards, the STEM Standards certainly seem to be a focus for many. Rest assured Larry_NewEdGate is among those and ready to assist you with these standards when they become available! 

By: Larry Johnson
Project Manager

EdgateServicesEdGate Services    Curriculum_Matrix  




As part of our Publisher services, we offer our partners the option to include their content in our online platform, the "Curriculum Matrix."


Our subscription based platform, which is marketed to schools, districts, and educators across the country, is a great way to quickly and easily get your content in front of users in need of quality resources aligned to their state standards.


Subscribers perform searches based on standards, grades, and/or subject, saving them countless hours of legwork and online research. With one click of a button, the user is easily directed to your website for immediate access to your content.


If you would like to learn more about adding your resources to the Curriculum Matrix, please contact Leslie Kolber at lkolber@edgate.com or Tracy Olstad at tolstad@edgate.com and they will be happy to assist you.


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Standards Update 


Updates to The EdGate Standards Repository include:  


� Nebraska Social Studies (2012)

� Iowa Core 21st Century Skills: Health Literacy (2010)

� Iowa Core 21st Century Skills: Financial Literacy (2010)

� Iowa Core 21st Century Skills: Technology Literacy (2010)


NOTE: The following curriculum has been added to the EdGate Standards Repository:


� OCR GCSE Science B J261 (2012)

� OCR GCSE Additional Science B J262 (2012)

� OCR GCSE Geography A J382 (2012)

� OCR GCSE Mathematics A J562 (2012)

� OCR GCSE Science A J241 (2012)

� India CISCE Mathematics 51 (2013)
OCR - a leading UK awarding body which provides qualifications engaging people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes.

CISCE - based out of New Delhi, India, the Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations was established by the University of Cambridge for local examinations in India.


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