The Common Core State Standards and the Role of Instructional Materials
a Case Study on EdReports.org
Keywords:Common Core State Standards, instructional material evaluation, program evaluation, research studies
The purpose of this study was to review research studies investigating the role of instructional materials in relation to the Common Core State Standards and to evaluate whether a new organisation, EdReports.org, which was founded to evaluate the alignment of instructional materials to the Common Core State Standards, has achieved its intended objectives. Content analysis was used to analyse the subject matter of reports on the research studies. A decision-oriented evaluation model was used to analyse the decision process, decision-making setting, decision model and types of decisions in the change process within EdReports.org. The results showed that the research studies have produced important findings concerning the role of instructional materials in relation to the Common Core State Standards and EdReports.org has attained its objectives in successfully developing and diffusing a program to evaluate the alignment of instructional materials to the Common Core State Standards. The conclusion recommends that policymakers in other educational settings should consider whether Ed.Reports.org’s operating system provides a valid model for creating a program to evaluate the alignment of instructional materials to academic standards.
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