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Jerry P. Becker

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A 'CONSUMER REPORTS' FOR THE COMMON CORE
Posted: Aug 17, 2014 3:55 PM
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From POLITICO - MORNING EDUCATION: A Daily overview of education
policy news, Friday, August 15, 2014. See
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A 'CONSUMER REPORTS' FOR THE COMMON CORE

By Caitlin Emma
[With help from Allie Grasgreen, Stephanie Simon and Seth Zweifler]

A 'CONSUMER REPORTS' FOR THE COMMON CORE: A new nonprofit funded with
$3 million from the Gates Foundation and the Helmsley Charitable
Trust launches today with plans to review textbooks and other
instructional material for fidelity to the Common Core. EdReports.org
will start by bringing in teams of classroom teachers to evaluate K-8
math materials. The curricula will be judged by how well it matches
the Common Core and assesses student learning and by whether it
offers teachers guidance in reaching children at all levels.The group
will post its ratings online and invite response from the publishers.
Up first: Pearson's enVision Math, McGraw-Hill's Everyday Math,
Houghton Mifflin's Go Math and more than a dozen other widely used
curricula. EdReports will turn to high-school math and language arts
in future years.

- The project is led by Eric Hirsch, formerly of the New Teacher
Center, and Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College. They
say they hope districts will turn to their ratings to guide
purchases. "Hopefully with great materials, great teachers and great
standards, we will be able to move the needle on student
achievement," Hirsch said. Incoming NEA President Lily Eskelsen
Garcia supports the effort; she says curriculum ratings could improve
Common Core implementation "by shining a light" on quality materials.

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