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Boasts About Textbooks Aligned to Common Core a ‘Sham,’ Say Researchers

Claims from publishers that traditional instructional materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards are largely a “sham,” say two researchers who have conducted extensive reviews of classroom textbooks, but the jury is still out on the new wave of digital curricula hitting the market.

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California, and William Schmidt, the co-director of the education policy center at Michigan State University, gave a presentation on textbooks and the new standards, now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, at a seminar in Los Angeles  by the Education Writers Association. 

Both have conducted exhaustive reviews of the extent to which traditional textbooks are aligned to new standards, and they are in the early stages of similar research into digital materials.