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During the AAP General Annual Meeting, Dr. David Nabarro, Special Advisor on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, United Nations, discussed the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 goals. Goal 4 is all about education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning...
When the AAP School Division and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) merged in 2013 to form the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group, the goal was to combine AEP’s quality programming and professional development with AAP’s public policy advocacy to provide the strongest services for the preK-12...
Because part of the PreK-12 Learning Group’s mission is equitable access to a quality education for all students, we have been following recent research on the achievement gap and what gains the U.S. has (and has not) made in closing the gap. (Read more here, here, and here.) The most...
At AAP’s General Annual Meeting on March 1, the presenters spoke to the members about the essential role publishing plays in a global society. Throughout their talks, a common theme emerged: the health of our industry is critical not only to our culture but to the economy. Highlights...
Now that ESSA is a reality, the question is whether politicians will stop debating about the old issues like federal versus state control and focus on factors to improve student outcomes. One group, Third Way, has published an article analyzing topics like charter schools, teacher evaluations...
Science achievement gaps in U.S. students still persist in eighth grade and show no evidence of narrowing. These gaps, unfortunately, follow recent data trends that show ELL students, African American students, and children under the poverty line scoring below their White and higher-income...
Challenging the assumption that just increasing U.S. K-12 school funding won’t improve student outcomes, Jordan Weissman, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent, examines two new studies that look at the impact of school finance reform. Both papers study districts that were court-...
From traditional textbooks to digital games, educators have many choices when it comes to choosing the tools to implement their curriculum. While there's no shortage of content available, it can be hard to determine quality. Here's a checklist to help parents, educators, and students spot quality...
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced the creation of a Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, an initiative designed to promote new ideas in the digital learning space and to support the development of next-generation educational technologies. “Learning materials are...
Forget whether or not students should be able to opt out of high-stakes testing – are they actually effective in measuring student achievement? A new report from the Fordham Institute examines four high-stakes assessments - ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced and the Massachusetts’ state exam (...

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