Category Archives: What’s Next?

See Victory’s thinking on the latest trends in the educational publishing space.

The Adoption Market

The current adoption market segment remains in flux and is continually adapting and changing. The 19 states that still adopt textbooks in a variety of curriculum areas are loosening their requirements. Some states, such as Florida, have passed laws that allow districts to purchase “off-list” materials.

There are many factors disrupting the adoption market. The movement away from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is affecting the development of instructional materials for this market. Florida, a key adoption state, is a good example of a state that has moved away from the CCSS and is now developing its own standards for English language arts and mathematics, thus impacting upcoming adoptions in those curriculum areas. North Carolina is also currently reviewing its adoption process.

According to EdWeek.org, states aligned to the CCSS fall out as follows:

  • 35 kept CCSS adoption (34 states and District of Columbia)
  • 11 announced a major rewrite or replacement of CCSS
  • 4 never adopted CCSS
  • 1 adopted CCSS only in English language arts (ELA)

Common Core: Where It Stands in States - Adoption Market

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What’s Next? Part 3: Assessment

This is the third in our series of posts about the changing landscape in education.

In the video below, Victory’s staff discuss what’s next in assessment. We’ve added a few more thoughts below. Feel free to use the comments to join in the conversation.

A Variation on “The Chicken or the Egg?”

Which comes first, change in curriculum or change in assessment? Often people see standards as a driver of change, and certainly both assessment and curriculum are affected by standards reform. But as it is with so many things, you don’t really know what it is (or can be) until you see it in action.

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What’s Next? Part 2: Curriculum

In this video, Victory’s editorial directors for STEM and ELA/Social Studies discuss what’s new and what’s next in curriculum development. Below are links to resources alluded to in the discussion.

It has always been true that technological advances change education. Here we examine more deeply why these changes take place and discuss (in historical context) how new technologies have changed how we develop curriculum. We also share specific exemplars of quality curriculum development and pedagogical practice.
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