We just learned that the Urban Curriculum Council asked Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to submit the instructional materials they submitted for state adoption to Learning List for review, as well. The Urban Curriculum Council is a consortium of the instructional leaders of the 17 largest school districts in Texas. Why did they make this request?
On September 20th, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced that there are 277 K-12 science products and 131 K-8 math products going through the state adoption process. Furthermore, the state panels have found that 280 products address 100% of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). How are districts going to determine which are best for their students?
Learning List supplements the state’s adoption process by providing two additional types of reviews to help educators determine which products are best suited for their students. For state adopted products, LearningList.com will feature:
- the state panel’s verification of each product’s alignment to the TEKS,
- a professional review that concisely explains the features and functionality that makes each product unique, as well as the requirements for implementing the product successfully, and
- subscriber ratings and reviews where educators can share feedback about the products.
For instructional materials that have not been submitted for state adoption, Learning List provides an independent verification of each product’s alignment to the TEKS or the Common Core standards, as well as a professional review and subscriber ratings and reviews.
Learning List is currently accepting English language arts, math and science products for review. Subscribers and publishers may submit products for review, free of charge. The reviews on LearningList.com are available through an individual, district- or campus-wide subscription. To learn more about our service, go to LearningList.com.