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New Studies Suggest Choice of Curriculum and Textbooks Can Make a Big Difference for Students

The 74 Million – Matt Barnum

“The idea that schools can get better simply by improving the content of what they teach may seem at once novel and obvious in an education policy debate dominated by heated battles over school choice, integration, funding, and teacher tenure. But a significant body of research suggests that choosing better curriculum — often meaning textbooks — can lead to notable gains in student achievement. “Multiple research studies meeting the highest bar for methodological rigor find substantial learning impacts from the adoption of specific curricula. The impact on student learning can be profound,” wrote Johns Hopkins University’s David Steiner in a review of research.”(more)

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