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June 04, 2014

Purchases of Instructional Materials Declined in First Quarter of 2014

The instructional-materials market rose 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, raising hopes that the recession-battered business might be bouncing back. But sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down again.

June 03, 2014

Publishing Leader Rallies Industry to Help Shape Common-Core Market

The president of the Association of American Publishers sees the uncertainty of common-core implementation as an opportunity for instructional-materials designers to improve their support of teacher and students.

December 16, 2013

Pearson Foundation Agrees to Settlement in Dispute Over Curriculum Development Funds

The educational publishing giant's payment of $7.7 million addresses claims by New York State that the foundation diverted money to its affiliated for-profit company.

December 11, 2013

ACT Hires Former High-Profile Schools Chief to Consult on New Test

Tony Bennett has been hired to help ACT Inc., on Aspire, its new suite of common-core assessments.

January 30, 2013

Teachers Mine 'Text Dependent' Questions For Basal Readers

A free online bank of rewritten questions and tasks for popular basal readers is getting some attention from teachers.

November 14, 2012

Education Week Special Report Examines Common-Core Literacy

The Education Week staff offers a package of stories that examine the changing literacy landscape.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

July 31, 2012

ACT Withdraws From PARCC Contract

Remember last week when I posted about new types of college-and-career-readiness tests entering the marketplace from ACT, among other companies? Here is a story I just finished about that, and its interaction with the state assessment consortia's work. There are many interesting dynamics at work ...

July 23, 2012

Math Guidance for Publishers and Curriculum Developers

In case you missed it, the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards have issued publishers' criteria in math. The criteria outline, in essence, what good curricular materials look like if they fully reflect the standards. My colleague Erik Robelen blogged about the criteria last week when th...

June 22, 2012

Big Districts Unite to Press Publishers on Common-Core Materials

School districts with a combined annual purchasing power of $2 billion band together to demand instructional materials from publishers that reflect the common standards.

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