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Literacy and Math Tools: Educators Weigh In. Research for Action Kate Shaw, Ph.D. Felicia Sanders, Ph.D. GMMB Jacquie Lawing Ebert, Partner. Common Core State Standards: Where Are We?. Most teachers and even more principals are closely following their state’s effort
GMMB Jacquie Lawing Ebert, Partner
Most teachers and even more principals are closely following their state’s effort
to adopt the CCSS.
Very closely 30%
Very closely 41%
Neither favorable nor unfavorable/not sure
Principals see states headed in the right direction on raising standards and outcomes; teachers less so.
Teachers are somewhat favorable to CCSS; principals are more enthusiastic.
(Volunteered Comments of English, History, Science, Social Studies teachers)
(Volunteered Comments of Math teachers)
Easy to use, simple, easy to understand, clear
Material must be interesting, able to engage the student, grab their attention
Materials need to be useful/effective/meaningful, relevant to curriculum
Help students learn/succeed/ achieve, prepare them for the future
Must cover all students, all levels of learning/ comprehension
Easy to understand, easyto use/incorporate intocurriculum
Student-friendly, motivatesstudents, students canrelate to
Closely aligned to the standards
Interesting, functional, up-to-date
Effective, proven it works,tested, research-based
Teachers see tools as a good fit.
Teachers see alignment of tools with content.
Tools increase engagement and provide important information to teachers.
Teachers see tools as a strong teaching model.
Tools are good fit for math curriculum.
Tools provides important information about students.
Teachers: If your local district was planning to implement new policies...who would you trust to give you accurate information about the new policies?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has piloted a set ofeasy-to-usematerialsand research-basedresources to help teachers teachreading, writing, andmathmore powerfully in middle and highschool. The materials give all subject matter teachers,including science, history, and social studies teachers, theflexibilitytopersonalizeandtailorlearningso thatevery studentcan masterthe newrequired content forEnglish language arts and math. The instructional tools developed under this effort are, in essence, a set oflessons andstrategiesthat teachers can eitheradoptwholesale or adapt as needed. They are built aroundlessons and exercisesalignedto the new standards, andare intended to beintegratedby the teacherinto the existing curriculum. Utilizingbest-in-practiceinstructional design withflexibilitybuilt in, the materials were developed for a two-pronged approach:
Darker colors and larger fonts mean more teachers highlighted the word as creating a favorable impression.