Posts made in December, 2016

New Review: McGraw Hill’s A History of Europe in the Modern World (Palmer), AP

McGraw Hill's A History of Europe (Palmer)Learning List recently reviewed McGraw Hill’s A History of Europe in the Modern World (Palmer), AP Edition. Available in print and digital formats, this comprehensive course supports instruction in high school Advanced Placement (AP) European History. Instruction emphasizes Europe’s role in modern global exchanges, nation building, transnational commercial systems, colonial empires, and cultural transitions.


Europe in the Modern World begins with a “Geography and History” article that explains how geography shapes cultural understandings and its role in framing the study of European history.  The text’s first chapter is titled “The Rise of Europe” and summarizes modern Europe’s roots in the ancient and medieval worlds. Subsequent chapters are organized chronologically and focus on specific historical periods (e.g., “The Growing Power of Western Europe, 1640-1750”).


Instruction illustrates how primary and secondary sources reflect cultural understandings and assumptions. For example, some chapters include a “Historical Interpretations and Debates” feature that presents two very different perspectives on an event, individual, or cultural change of the period (e.g., the Industrial Revolution’s effects on work and domestic life). The course also underscores the experiences and developing roles of women in European history.


Europe in the Modern World’s end-of-chapter and test bank questions are formatted to reflect the types of questions on the AP World History exam. Additional online components, available separately from the publisher, support student self-study and preparation for AP exams (e.g., ONboard).


About McGraw Hill Education*

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

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New Review: Apex Learning’s Texas Geometry

LApex Learning's Texas Geometryearning List has reviewed Apex Learning’s Texas Geometry. This is a comprehensive, online geometry product for Texas students. Core content is presented online and includes some printable materials. The course focuses on developing students’ conceptual understanding, computational skills, and proficiency in solving problems. Resources support instruction in self-paced, remediation, and credit-recovery programs.

Texas Geometry is organized in two semesters. The first semester’s content is presented in five units that cover the foundations of geometry, triangles, right triangles, quadrilaterals and other polygons, and circles without coordinates. The second semester presents content in four units that address coordinate geometry, constructions and transformations, three-dimensional solids, and applications of probability. Across semesters, students learn to reason mathematically and to use mathematical models and tools to solve real-world problems.

Each unit begins with a short video introduction that frames the real-world applications of what students will learn and connects new content to prior learning. Subsequent instruction is provided through a set of online activities and, where appropriate, accompanying worksheets. Each unit and semester ends with two versions of a unit/semester exam—one version presents open-ended questions and the second is made up of multiple choice items.

About Apex Learning*

Apex Learning’s digital curriculum is designed to support all students in achieving their potential, from those struggling with grade-level content to those capable of accelerating their learning. The curriculum is designed to actively engage students in learning—combining embedded supports and scaffolds to meet diverse student needs, actionable data to inform instruction, and success management, to ensure students get the outcomes they need.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Apex Learning.

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Use Your Learning List Resources for T-TESS Coaching Support

Individual coaching conversations, professional learning communities, grade level team planning, and other informal learning situations are perfect opportunities for linking Learning List tools to support just-in-time learning.

In Administrators, Are You Using Learning List to Plan for Observations?, we provided sample coaching questions related to the T-TESS Dimensions for planning and instruction. As you continue to provide coaching support, you may want to leverage Learning List’s resources once again.  Accessing these tools takes only a few moments, and more importantly, saves you time in researching additional resources.  Below are the T-TESS Dimensions for planning and the Learning List tools that will assist you and the teachers you are supporting. Goals, Plan, Success

T-TESS Planning Dimension 1.1: The teacher designs clear, well organized, sequential lessons that reflect best practice, align with standards and are appropriate for diverse learners.

  • Learning List’s Alignment Comparison tool assists teachers in determining which of the district’s resources are aligned to the standards that they will address in the lesson(s) they are planning.
  • Learning List’s Spec Sheets and Editorial Reviews provide information about any adaptions the instructional materials provide to help teachers plan instruction for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Learning List’s Spec Sheet helps you identify materials that work on your district’s technology and the Spec  Sheet helps you quickly understand the technology requirements of materials you are considering or using. Both inform technology integration.

Planning Dimension 1.2: The teacher uses formal and informal methods to measure student progress, then manages and analyzes student data to inform instruction.

  • Learning List’s Spec Sheets and Editorial Reviews contain information about the assessments and monitoring tools provided in each instructional material.
  • Learning List’s Alignment Comparison tool and detailed Alignment Reports identify the citations in each material (e.g., lessons, pages, videos) that Learning List has verified to be aligned to each standard. When planning for differentiation or RtI, teachers can use these resources to identify materials aligned to standards students are struggling with.

Planning Dimension 1.3: Through knowledge of students and proven practices, the teacher ensures high levels of learning, social-emotional development and achievement for all students.

  • Learning List’s Spec Sheets and Editorial Reviews provide information about the adaptions each instructional material provides to assist teachers in planning for diverse learning needs.
  • Learning List’s search filters and Product Comparison tool make it easy to assess the vertical alignment of a material across grade levels.  Comparing the vertical alignment of a product across grade levels can assist teachers in planning intervention support.

Planning Dimension 1.4: The teacher plans engaging, flexible lessons that engage higher-order thinking, persistence and achievement.

  • Learning List’s Alignment Comparison tool assists teachers in determining which of the district’s resources are aligned to the standards they intend to address in the lesson they are planning.
  • Learning List’s Spec Sheets and Editorial Reviews provide information about the adaptions each instructional material provides to assist teachers in planning for diverse learning needs.

Coaching is an important part of your work as an educational leader. Leverage Learning List’s resources to save time, enhance teaching and accelerate learning in your district.

While the descriptors of practice may be different, suggestions for use of Learning List resources will likely fit any model of teacher evaluation and support.


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Reviews of Materials for CTE and Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The Texas State Board of Education recently released this state adopted list of materials for Career & Technology Education (CTE) and Languages Other than English (LOTE) courses. As part of the Texas state adoption process, panels of educators review the alignment of each material to the relevant state standards for the course and develop a detailed evaluation report showing the citations in the panel verified to be aligned to each state standard.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) does not publish the state panel reports on the Agency’s website, though they are available through a public information request.

Learning List has reviewed materials for these CTE courses.  For each of those materials, the state panel evaluation report will be posted along with Learning List’s Spec Sheet and Editorial Review on

For state-adopted materials for the remaining CTE courses and for LOTE materials, Learning List will make the state evaluation reports available to subscribers upon request. Requests may be made using the Chat, Contact Us or Request a Review features of our site.

We hope that making these state evaluation reports available will help not only Texas subscribers but also subscribers in other states who may want to evaluate CTE and LOTE materials.  An explanation of how to read (and understand) a state evaluation reports is provided below.
How to Read a State Panel Evaluation Report

  • The first page of the report provides the state’s calculation of the material’s alignment percentages to the TEKS and the English Language Proficiency Standards.  At the bottom of the page, there may be Reviewer’s Comments about the material.
  • The “meat and potatoes” of the alignment report is contained in section (b) Knowledge and Skills,in a table like the one below that begins on pg. 2 or pg. 3 of the report.

State Alignment Report

  • The first three columns of the table contain a TEKS statement, Student Expectation (SE) and Breakout. Materials submitted for state adoption are reviewed for alignment to the Breakouts of each SE.

Note: SEs are generally compound and complex sentences. To facilitate the review of the alignment of each material, at the inception of each state adoption process, TEA staff breaks down each SE into its component parts, called “Breakouts.” The state panels review each material for alignment to the Breakouts. Each Breakout is listed on a separate row of the table.

  • The four middle columns of the table identify the citations (e.g., the pages, lessons, videos) in the material that the state panel reviewed for alignment to each Breakout.
  • The last two columns (furthest right) show whether (Yes/No) any of the citations reviewed were aligned to the Breakout and whether the material is aligned to that SE (which is only shown on the row of the first Breakout of the SE).
    • The material must be aligned to all of the Breakouts of a SE in order for the material to be considered “aligned” to the SE.
    • The Comments column may contain state reviewers’ comments about any citation that they found not to be aligned to the Breakout.
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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth (BFW) Rogawski’s Calculus for AP: Early Transcendentals, 2nd Edition

Rogawski's Calculus (BF&W)Learning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Rogawski’s Calculus for AP*: Early Transcendentals, 2nd Edition. This is a comprehensive product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction addresses conceptual understanding and skills and the application of calculus in a variety of real-world settings.

Core content is presented in 12 chapters. The first chapter is a review of key pre-calculus concepts, such as graphing and linear, quadratic, trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions. Subsequent chapters follow a logical progression, beginning with the concepts of limits and differentiation (chapters 1-4) and progressing to integrals and the techniques and applications of integration (chapters 5-8). Final chapters (i.e., 9-12), address differential equations; infinite series; parametric equations, polar coordinates, and vector functions; and differentiation in several variables.

Instruction closely tracks the College Board’s big ideas, essential knowledge, and learning objectives for AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC. The use of technology to support problem solving is integrated throughout the content. Each chapter includes 20 multiple-choice questions and four multi-part free-response questions that reflect the format and rigor of the AP exam. Additional learning resources are provided in the course’s accompanying study guide and companion website.

About BFW*

BFW believes that what happens in the classroom matters, and that a good class, a good teacher, and good content have the power to change the world-one student and one idea at a time. BFW products have long been best-sellers for AP courses. Now, in response to the needs of teachers across the country, BFW offers materials for Common Core, elective courses, and on-level programs aligned to NGSS.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BFW.

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