EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education. EdReports.org increases the capacity of teachers, administrators, and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest-quality instructional materials. Drawing upon expert educators, EdReports.org's evidence-based reviews of instructional materials and support of smart adoption processes will equip teachers with excellent materials nationwide.
Teachers are essential for student achievement, and they need quality instructional materials to be effective. As most states proceed with implementation of the Common Core, curriculum supervisors at the state and local level need classroom materials that reflect the new standards.
Instructional materials that claim to be Common Core-aligned have saturated the market. Yet we know many of those claims have not been verified by a reliable source. Without an independent review to identify quality materials, the promise of Common Core cannot be realized.
EdReports.org was conceived at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands by a Design Team of the nation's leading minds in math, science, K-12 and higher education in response to fill this gap by reporting on the alignment and quality of instructional material programs.
Illinois math content specialist Dana Cartier: "Every educator in my state is constantly asking, 'What should I be using and how do I know if it's good?'" (Education Week, "Text Review Group Shares First Look at Its Process," 2014).
EdReports.org’s work is led by outstanding classroom educators, principals, district leaders and state administrators: from its Board of Directors, to input on our organization and process gathered through a listening tour with hundreds of educators across the country, and in designing and implementing our review process. The EdReports.org Content Review Team, which analyzes the quality and alignment of instructional materials, consists of outstanding classroom educators and mathematics experts who deeply understand the Common Core State Standards. EdReports.org worked with several organizations to recruit expert educators from across the country. The selection process included an application, interviews and a work sample representing mastery of college- and career-ready standards.
Listening and Learning Tour
In the spring and summer of 2014, EdReports.org conducted a Listening Tour with nearly 500 educators from across the country to gather input about the instructional materials they use in their districts and schools. These educators ranged in roles and experience, spanning from pre-Kindergarten through high school, and the majority of teachers had more than seven years teaching experience.
During this Listening Tour, we heard overwhelming support for EdReports.org's mission. Although 82 percent of educators surveyed believe that the Common Core State Standards, if implemented correctly, will better prepare today's students for college and careers, only one-third of those surveyed say their instructional materials are aligned to the standards. The need for these reviews is immediate, and we have built our process and timeline to meet the need of educators across the country.
EdReports.org is funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Samueli Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation.