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Update on Instructional Materials Adoptions

State and Textbook Adoptions

The adoption market segment remains in flux. A number of trends affect instructional materials development and the adoption of those materials: personalized and competency-based learning the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continual disruption of digital learning the need for critical thinking and civics lessons the movement of states…

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Update on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) continue to impact the science curriculum and how science is taught. The adoption and implementation of NGSS by states provide opportunities to learning companies in content development. Adoption of Next Generation State Standards (NGSS) The map shows the states that have adopted NGSS or have revised their science standards…

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The Adoption Market

The current adoption market segment remains in flux and is continually adapting and changing. The 19 states that still adopt textbooks in a variety of curriculum areas are loosening their requirements. Some states, such as Florida, have passed laws that allow districts to purchase “off-list” materials. There are many factors disrupting the adoption market. The…

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The Buzz on Personalized Learning and English Language Arts

According to a report by the nonprofit KnowledgeWorks, personalized learning is a critical component of most states’ accountability plans submitted under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Personalized learning was mentioned in 39 states’ plans. The questions being addressed were “How do we build learning-centered or student-centered systems?” and “How do we advance policies focused on what…

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Tomorrow’s Classroom

future classroom

It’s a new year and it’s time to see what the future may hold. So let’s look at the top educational trends in 2019 and their affects on teachers and students. Two dominant curriculum trends are impacting educational publishing: the movement toward personalized learning and the need for critical thinking lessons. The Personalized Learning Movement…

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The Shifting Textbook Adoption Market

A recent White House report states that the textbook market is valued at about $7-8 billion, with California, Florida, and Texas being the key adoption states. However, the textbook adoption market is changing. The Old-School Textbook Adoption Buying Pattern In the past, publishers focused most of their textbook development efforts on two states: Texas and…

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ELL Students and the Digital Experience

Schools continue to move toward digital lessons and digital experiences for students. Most students are digital natives and are comfortable in this world. However, not all students have equal access. How does the digital revolution affect ELL students? Some ELL students are very comfortable with technology and how it works, while others are using it…

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To Customize or Not to Customize, That’s the Question

According to a 2016 White House report, the U.S. spends over $1.3 trillion on education expenditures. And the instructional materials market for K-12, which includes state adoptions, is over $19 billion. In large states, such as Texas, it makes sense to customize a national program. With smaller states, a calculation needs to be made: does…

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U.S. Education Market Snapshot: English Language Learners (ELLs)

U.S. State Map of Highest Density of English Language Learners (ELLs)

The Early Days In the 1960s, Victoria Porras attended Melrose High School in Massachusetts as an exchange student from Bogotá, Colombia. She was far from home. Her host family, teachers, and new schoolmates were friendly and eager to help, but the everyday English spoken in the Boston area is accented, idiomatic, and studded with acronyms.…

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The Texas Reading and ELA Adoptions

All eyes are on Texas as it adopts reading programs, first for grades K–8 and then the following year for grades 9–12.  Shifting Markets The textbook adoption market has changed over the last five years. While in past adoptions the major purchase was reading and language arts textbooks, the definition of what is a core…

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