The educational market is in flux. States are pushing back from both Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments linked to the CCSS. States and publishers are waiting to see:
- Will funding be directed to charter schools?
- How many more states will drop out of the CCSS?
- Will states want summative, formative, or competency-based tests?
- How will products align to changing state standards?
- What products should states, districts, and publishers develop to meet current market needs?
Many states are moving to create their own standards. How will these new standards affect the educational market? What steps must states and publishers take?
All the uncertainty in the market calls for gap analyses. A gap analysis identifies how current products are aligned to new standards, which standards still correlate, and what’s missing—gaps where new standards are not well covered.
Publishers need to ensure that their products and assessments readily address the changing needs of states and districts.
States and districts need to know how their new standards align to older standards. Since most states adopted CCSS, new standards usually are analyzed and compared to CCSS.