In 2011, the Texas legislature decentralized and largely deregulated the purchasing of instructional materials and technology by school districts. At the same time, school districts nationally were facing the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards. Education reformers were touting the cost-saving and academic benefits of online courses. And, faced with massive budget cuts, educators were surfing the internet to find free, open-source materials to fill the gap because their districts could not afford new instructional resources. The marketplace needed order, and educators needed help identifying the materials are best suited to their students’ learning needs. The three types of review (alignment to standards, editorial review and subscriber ratings) and tools on LearningList are designed to help educators identify the right materials to for their students.
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