Alignment

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Curriculum Opinion The Overlooked Support Teachers Are Missing: A Coherent Curriculum
Here’s the research on how districts can improve instructional systems—which was already a challenge in the best of times.
Morgan Polikoff, Elaine Wang & Julia Kaufman, March 2, 2021
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Curriculum Leader To Learn From Championing a Knowledge-Building Curriculum, One Classroom at a Time
Curriculum matters, but so does how teachers make use of it. Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jana Beth Francis helps teachers in Daviess County Public Schools, Ky., unpack a new core English/language arts curriculum and use it to build students’ content expertise year after year. She is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Sarah Schwartz, February 19, 2020
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Professional Development Opinion The Hidden Mistake School Leaders Should Avoid This Year
The most common assumption that leaders make is one they don’t even realize they’re making, warns chief academic officer Jared Myracle.
Jared Myracle, September 2, 2019
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Assessment Video Deep Dive Discussion: Assessment and Testing
In this half-hour discussion, Education Week veteran reporter Catherine Gewertz facilitates a conversation with school and district-level leaders around testing. Among the issues tackled: the pressure to reduce testing, federal accountability around testing, and alignment. Catherine Gewertz is a reporter covering assessment and pathways from the middle grades to high school and beyond. Since joining Education Week in 1999, she has been the lead common-core reporter and has covered urban schools.
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Curriculum For Educators, Curriculum Choices Multiply, Evolve
How is a district to choose in a curriculum landscape that includes open educational resources, digital 'playlists,' teacher-designed lessons, and old-fashioned textbooks?
Liana Loewus & Michele Molnar, March 28, 2017
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Curriculum Flood of Open Education Resources Challenges Educators
New content curation tools aim to help teachers organize and find digital content to personalize student learning for a variety of subjects.
Michele Molnar, January 11, 2016
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Social Studies Adaptive Digital Curricula Lagging in Science, Social Studies
Education companies are just starting to develop personalized learning products in subjects outside math and literacy.
Michelle R. Davis, January 11, 2016
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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test in March 2014 before the start of field-testing for the computer-based assessments.
Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test in March 2014 before the start of field-testing for the computer-based assessments.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File
Every Student Succeeds Act Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?
An ESSA provision that lets states use college-entrance exams to measure student achievement could spur a profound shift in high school testing.
Catherine Gewertz, January 4, 2016
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Eric Hirsch, far right, the executive director of EdReports.org, talks with educators who are working with his organization to review texts on how well they align with the common standards. The group aims to post its review online this winter.
Eric Hirsch, far right, the executive director of EdReports.org, talks with educators who are working with his organization to review texts on how well they align with the common standards. The group aims to post its review online this winter.
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Curriculum Text-Review Group Shares First Look at Its Process
EdReports.org is training teachers to evaluate how well textbooks align with the common-core standards. The nonprofit group will start publishing Consumer Reports-style reviews early next year.
Liana Loewus, November 4, 2014
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Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test to get acquainted with the format before field-testing the computer-based assessments last March. Massachusetts, like most states, is transitioning to common-core tests this year.
Seventh graders at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass., review a PARCC practice test to get acquainted with the format before field-testing the computer-based assessments last March. Massachusetts, like most states, is transitioning to common-core tests this year.
Gretchen Ertl for Education Week-File
Curriculum Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing
This is the academic year when nearly every state must give assessments aligned to their "college- and career-ready" standards. But there are questions about how well those tests will measure mastery of the standards.
Catherine Gewertz, September 3, 2014
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Curriculum Common-Core Math Textbooks to Get Online Ratings
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards.
Liana Loewus, August 15, 2014
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Curriculum Common Core at Four: Sizing Up the Enterprise
The common-core standards have touched virtually every aspect of the nation's K-12 system over the past several years, but big challenges remain for the initiative.
Catherine Gewertz, April 21, 2014
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Assessment States Grapple With Common Test-Score Cutoffs
The push by the assessment consortia to establish high targets for when students are deemed "college ready" risks causing a steep drop in test-takers' results.
Catherine Gewertz, December 10, 2013
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Education Funding Grant Contest to Aid High Schools Still Work in Progress
President Obama's proposal for a Race to the Top-style competition aimed at high schools has yet to be fleshed out.
Alyson Klein, February 26, 2013
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