To ensure objectivity, “we don’t hire educators to review products if they worked for a publisher during the last two years,” she said. What’s more, each product is reviewed by at least two educators.
The reviews evaluate each product’s adherence to Texas and/or Common Core standards, as well as features such as usability, engagement, and more.
Reviews specific to Texas state standards are available for ELA, math, and science materials, and the company is about to start reviewing social studies materials as well, Lain said.
Reviews specific to Common Core standards are available for ELA and math products, and Learning List will address how well science products stack up against the Next Generation Science Standards next.
Learning List’s website currently includes more than 450 reviews, and “every week we roll out more,” Lain said. When a school district requests a review of a particular product, that review is made available to the entire Learning List community.
To join the service, K-12 schools and districts must pay a tiered annual subscription rate based on their enrollment. The service starts at $195 per year for individual schools with up to 99 students.
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