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Retooled Textbooks Aim to Capture Common Core

From analyzing text features, to citing evidence, to de-emphasizing personal responses to readings, such changes nod in the direction of the Common Core State Standards’ English/language arts expectations. All three of the major K-12 educational publishers have unveiled new basal-reading programs that purport to embody the standards, and supplemented older series, in order to claim that their products are “aligned,” “compliant,” or “coherent” with the common standards. Yet a crucial question remains: Are the changes sufficient?