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Why High-Quality Instructional Materials?

Teachers use instructional materials in their classrooms every day: they are the activities, guiding questions, and home enrichment resources that students use to learn new skills and demonstrate understanding. They also include training for teachers implementing the curriculum at school and resources for families supporting learning at home. However, not all instructional materials are of the same quality. Nationwide, only about 30% of teachers are consistently using quality materials.

Research consistently shows that using high-quality instructional materials in the classroom is one of the most effective ways to improve student learning and engagement. To accelerate learning past the pandemic, high-quality materials are more important than ever to meet changing educational needs. State and district leaders can support educators, students, and families by ensuring access to these materials and resources.

High-quality instructional materials are strong, engaging resources and approaches for teaching and learning that are:

aligned to academic standards

Aligned

Aligned to a state’s academic standards and informed by embedded assessments to monitor progress.

endorsed by educators

Endorsed

Endorsed by educators and supported by training for teachers and families.

centered on equity and adaptability

Centered

Centered on equity and adaptability for all learners and environments (including virtual).

Materials in My State

State profiles include publicly available information from the state education agency about instructional materials, guidance, and accompanying professional development (PD)/professional learning (PL). States featured so far offer a variety of approaches to elevating high-quality materials and training and/or dedicating COVID relief funding to these efforts. Additional profiles will be populated over time.

Click on the map below to explore how states and districts are using high-quality learning materials to improve education. Don’t see your state? Check out EdReports.Org for detailed curriculum reviews.

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Want to raise awareness about the high-quality learning materials available for use in your state?

Connect with your local or state education officials today using the CurriculumHQ Advocacy Hub.

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Explore commentary and stories from Jocelyn Pickford, a school board member, former educator, and policy expert on how high-quality curriculum can drive student progress and set educators up for success.

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