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Lessons Learned: Selecting and Deploying K12 Science and Social Studies Content

Lessons Learned: Selecting and Deploying K-12 Science and Social Studies Content is a point-in-time-look at how instructional content in K-12 science and social studies is being evaluated and selected based on interviews with administrators in 31 school districts and six state or regional education agencies across 20 states. The findings provide a window into current review/selection practices in districts and the important considerations that are part of the current thinking. The report was produced by education consulting firm Academic Business Advisors with contribution from Simba Information and is based on interviews conducted in the first quarter of 2017.


METHODOLOGY
Table 1: Interview Breakdown by State and District and District Size
About the Authors
INTRODUCTION
PEDAGOGY IS CHANGING
Content Needs are Changing due to Pedagogy and Technology
Short Shrift for Social Studies
STEM Is Changing Science Teaching
Table 2: Next Generation Science Standards States
Table 3: Competitive Providers in Science
DISTRICTS SAVE MONEY WITH OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES
WHY DISTRICTS MOVE AWAY FROM LARGE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS
WHY DISTRICTS STICK WITH LARGE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHERS
THERE ARE BUMPS IN THE TRANSITION FROM PRINT TO DIGITAL
BOTTOM UP AND TOP DOWN DECISION-MAKING
Differing Views on Local Control
CONCLUSIONS

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