Textbooks Fail to Meet Standards, Says EdReports.org
#FAIL: Seventeen out of 20 K-8 math materials evaluated by nonprofit EdReports.org don’t align with Common Core State Standards, according to its first round of published reviews. The textbooks reviewed include offerings from Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Education Week says 46 reviewers, half of whom are current teachers, each individually read the textbooks for 3-4 hours a week and met in teams of four each week to compare their findings over videoconference.
But publishers take issue with the report, finding results misleading and informed by flawed methodology. Philip Uri Treisman, who helped develop the digital materials offered by Agile Mind, tracked the amount of time reviewers were logged into the site, and found that some units were reviewed for under 10 minutes.
Here’s a summary of the findings from EdReports.org: