September 7, 2016
"What I love about the EdReports.org process is that it prioritizes the factors that are most important for supporting students." Read the full guest blog post by Maya Lars, National Board Certified Teacher and reading specialist, Prince George's County (MD) Public Schools.
August 30, 2016
EdReports.org reviews find some ELA textbooks better meet criteria for alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) than others
Durham, NC — August 30, 2016 — EdReports.org, a nonprofit that offers free reviews of instructional materials to determine alignment to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), today announced the results of its first round of English Language Arts (ELA) reviews. Their findings revealed that three of the seven instructional materials series reviewed fully met alignment criteria.
August 26, 2016
Read guest commentary by Steven Helton, most recently the Director of Elementary Education with Rutherford County Schools, NC, currently working with Department of Public Instruction with NC Public Schools.
"It was my discovery of EdReports.org, their process, and comprehensive reviews that compelled me to become a reviewer on the EdReports team. The reports provide a golden opportunity to strengthen programs and support teachers."
August 26, 2016
We are pleased to share the results of our inaugural grades 3-8 ELA material reviews. 22 grade-level reports will post Tuesday, August 30 on www.EdReports.org. These include Amplify (6-8), Bookworms (3-5), Collections (6-8), Expeditionary Learning (6-8), Reading Street (3-6), and ReadyGen (3-5).
Be on the lookout for detailed information and mark your calendar for our webinar September 14 from 4:00-5:00 PM EST.
August 25, 2016
Two months ago, we released our inaugural high school math reports. After publishing these reports, we conducted our listening tour of educators, district leaders, publishers, and policymakers to identify strenghts and areas for improvement. Refinements to the website and to the review process are informed by these conversations. As Renee Sagaser, Superintendent of Schools in Fair Play, MO shared, “What we really appreciate about EdReports is that it helps us to see the differences between which materials are focused, coherent and rigorous, which ones are close, and which would require significant supplementing and adjusting to be aligned. With these changes, we can better identify the degrees by which materials meet – or do not meet – our needs of high-quality, aligned instructional materials.”
July 20, 2016
We're excited that our first high school math reports are now posted on www.EdReports.org. Five new reports, each covering three courses, are posted and include evidence detailing whether the materials met our expectations for focus, coherence, rigor, mathematical practices, and instructional supports and usability. You can read more about our methodology in this e-alert and on our website.
Of the five reports, one series - Core Connections (CPM) - met criteria for alignment in all three review gateways: 1) focus and coherence; 2) rigor and mathematical practices; and 3) instructional supports and usability. Reviewers noted positive evidence that can benefit teachers and students across all of the series. Highlights from the first round of high school reviews include:
- Core Connections (CPM) (traditional): Met Expectations for Gateway 1, Gateway 2 and Gateway 3
- Carnegie Learning (traditional): Partially Met Expectations for Gateway 1 and Gateway 2
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (traditional): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1
- Pearson (integrated): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1
- Springboard College Board (traditional): Did Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1