Textbook & Curricula Adoptions Resources

Can filter  by grade level and subject; uses a three-tiered rating system—meets criteria, partially meets criteria, or does not meet criteria—for each gateway. The site also has more-detailed reports for each textbook, which include documentation on how the reviewers reached each score. Users can search by series title, publisher, or grade level, and can compare curricula with one another.

Michigan State University researcher William Schmidt has created a free web-based tool to help American educators teach the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Although the majority of U.S. states have voluntarily adopted the standards, many teachers still must use outdated textbooks or find other materials to ensure students meet the common set of learning goals at each grade level. By logging into the Textbook Navigator/Journal, K-8 teachers can quickly find which parts of their existing math textbook cover a standard, or identify which standards are addressed in specific textbook lessons. 
  • The Textbook Navigator/Journal is an integrated web-based tool that identifies the Common Core Mathematics standards addressed in each lesson of the 34 mathematics textbook series catalogued*. If the selected textbook does not have any lessons for a given CC standard, teachers are directed to free, online resources for lessons that do address that standard. Includes general findings, demo videos, white papers, etc...
The first round of a Consumer Reports-style review for instructional materials paints a dismal picture of the textbook-publishing industry’s response to new standards: Seventeen of 20 math series reviewed were judged as failing to live up to claims that they are aligned to the common core.

Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET) Updated based on feedback 6/15, Achieve the Core
A tool for evaluating a comprehensive textbook or textbook series for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS. For use with ELA/literacy materials for grades K-2 or 3-12 and for mathematics materials K-8 or high school. The IMET is a tool within the Materials Alignment Toolkit, developed in partnership with Achieve and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
Use this tool to:
  • Inform decisions about purchasing
  • Evaluate previously purchased materials to identify neces­sary modifications
  • Build understanding of what aligned materials look like
  • Choose by subject and grade band below.
Textbook consideration research, reports, and articles to consider:

The following statement from Achieve President Michael Cohen on what textbook alignment releases mean for teachers and policymakers

"The analysis of K-8 math textbooks and online materials by marks the first time there has been an independent, educator-led, and public 'Consumer Reports-style' review of the alignment and quality of materials intended for our nation's classrooms. It gives teachers, curriculum specialists, and other local educators the information they need to help make informed decisions about the materials they use in the classroom, and is beginning to introduce on a large scale 'smart demand' into the selection of textbooks and other instructional materials. 

"The results of the review show just how important this step is. Almost 5 years after the adoption of the Common Core State Standards it is quite obvious that textbooks and curricular materials produced by major publishers are severely lacking in alignment to the standards that educators in over 40 states will use in their classrooms next year. This isn't a new problem, though; the production of textbooks and curricular materials was often driven by larger states with more purchasing power and singular textbooks that covered multiple state standards.  

"Fortunately, Schmidt's Textbook Navigator Journal, whose analysis is consistent with the EdReports reviews, helps teachers fill in the gaps in the textbooks they are currently using. Using that tool, they can find the lessons they need in the textbook series they are using, or through links to high quality lessons elsewhere. 

"With common standards, the market is open. Quality and alignment to the standards is what should drive new products. These tools will allow states, districts and educators to better choose products that will prepare students for college and career." 


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