July 20, 2018
Our thanks to Dr. Morgan Polikoff from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California for presenting on this week’s The Intersection: A Biweekly Education Policy Conversation. Morgan joined us to discuss his recent report entitled “The Challenges of Curriculum Materials as Reform Lever.” In the piece, Morgan examines the difficulties states face in utilizing curriculum to improve and reform education policy.
1) Practically, it is difficult to collect reliable and robust data on curriculum adoption and implementation. This makes analysis problematic.
2) Curriculum adoption processes vary dramatically across states and districts. These processes often make it difficult to ensure that consistently high-quality materials are selected for purchase and use.
3) Teachers report that they increasingly use non-textbook curriculum in the classroom. Additionally, many report that they don’t feel well-supported to use textbooks effectively. As a result, the effect of curriculum adoption and purchasing decisions may be inhibited by low rates of utilization in the classroom.
We hope you’ll join us for our next webinar on Wednesday, August 1, at 1PM (EST). We look forward to talking with Erin Fahle from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Erin will join us to discuss her new study Gender Achievement Gaps in U.S. School Districts.
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See you at the Intersection,
The Hunt Team