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• Sarah Darville at Chalkbeat discusses the debate about whether class materials such as school textbooks themselves matter and how to measure their success.
• What previous data on the usefulness of school materials is there already? What would be the replacement for textbooks?
The finding landed with a thud: A sweeping study of more than a dozen textbooks across six states found that none had a consistent effect on students’ math test scores.
It’s a notable result, and particularly interesting because major education funders like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have recently invested in the idea that improving the curriculum students use will boost student learning, too, as one part of the foundation’s latest pivot. Gates funded this study, along with other philanthropies that support those efforts.
The researchers had hoped to create follow-up reports meant to guide school districts toward textbooks helped students most. But that’s no longer happening, since the study couldn’t find real differences in how the materials affected student learning.
Read the full article about if textbooks in schools matter by Sarah Darville at Chalkbeat