April 18, 2017
EdReports.org, a nonprofit that provides free online reviews of instructional materials, announced the results of its first round of English Language Arts (ELA) reviews for grades K-2. Their findings revealed that two of the six instructional materials series reviewed fully met alignment criteria for all grades reviewed.
March 28, 2017
We just passed the two-year anniversary of the publication of our first reports in March 2015. We’ve grown from 87 inaugural reports to 221 reports on our website, expanded to include high school math and ELA reviews, and welcomed over 200 expert educators into our review teams. We’ve also heard from hundreds of districts across the country about how our reviews have helped them to make the right decisions for their students.
March 1, 2017
We recently caught up with Vanessa Cerrahoglu after the annual CISC Leadership Conference (Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee). She, along with her Orange County Department of Education colleague Jody Guarino and EdReports.org staffer Lauren Weisskirk, presented a session for educators focused on the process of high-quality curriculum adoption and implementation. She shares a couple key points of advice from the session, depending on where you are in the process:
- If you’re starting out, visit the newly launched California Curriculum Collaborative site (www.calcurriculum.org) and begin by assessing your district’s needs.
- If you’re digging in, discover the site’s processes for adopting ELA and Math materials.
You might be tempted to jump in at the picking materials level, but take the time to put together an informed committee, align with district needs, learn what’s out there, and understand the nuances of the process.
February 28, 2017
Guest blog by Dr. Michael Watt, Education Consultant, Australia
I found that after only two years since its foundation, EdReports.org has successfully developed and implemented an operating system to evaluate the alignment of materials to the CCSS, created widespread awareness of the system among practitioners, and conducted initial activities to train teachers to use evaluations to improve the selection and use of materials in classrooms.
February 28, 2017
The month of February always seems to fly by and, with our release of 18 new grade/course-level reports and the launch of the California Curriculum Collaborative, February 2017 was no exception.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our expert educators who devoted their time and expertise, EdReports.org is proud to have released the following ELA and math reports:
- Big Ideas Math 6-8
- Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) 3-5
- HMH Integrated Math HS
- Journeys (2017) 3-6
- Reading Wonders 3-6
- ReadyGen 6
February 23, 2017
Guest blog by Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District
Choosing the right materials is one of the most critical instructional decisions that superintendents make. When high-quality, aligned materials are used in classrooms, we know that we are setting up our teachers and students for success. When we get the decision right, we ensure that high quality, aligned materials are being used throughout our classrooms. If we get it wrong, we will end up spending time, money, and human capital on augmenting or fixing the content over the next several years.