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The Florida Department of Education Collects Over 26,000 Reviews of Curriculum Standards in First Four Days of Launch

For Immediate Release 4-12-19

 

This week, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released an opportunity for education stakeholders throughout the state to submit input on existing K-12 curriculum standards in Math and English Language Arts for their new standards review process. In order to reach its goal of providing every Florida citizen an opportunity to review the curriculum standards being utilized by the public schools, the FLDOE partnered with EdCredible® - a company known for its innovative adoption and review platform that has changed the way school districts adopt instructional materials.

 

In the first four days since EdCredible® launched the FLDOE’s robust standards review platform, Florida citizens, parents and education stakeholders submitted over 26,000 reviews of state standards.  “The amount of standard review data collected in just a few days is staggering and EdCredible gives the FLDOE an unprecedented ability to analyze and disaggregate data in real-time.  Now the FLDOE can quickly receive parent and teacher feedback about the standards and compare the results by district, grade level and standard,’ said Kurt Fichtman, Founder and CEO of EdCredible®.  He went on to say, “EdCredible® is laser-focused on bringing transparency, equity and defensibility to the instructional materials adoption process for districts and we’re pleased the Florida Department of Education is realizing those very same benefits through our standards review platform.”

 

The review process is believed to be the first time that any state has had the ability to collect and instantly analyze widespread public opinion on the education standards that drive the K-12 public school curriculum. This new survey enables respondents to provide feedback on each existing standard individually at www.floridastandardsreview.org.  The review platform leverages EdCredible’s Instructional Materials Adoption Platform to help the FLDOE meet its mandate of a public and transparent standards review process.  "We see the investment in our partnership with EdCredible® as a transformational move toward an instructional materials selection process that saves the district money, while increasing the accuracy, equity and transparency of the entire evaluation and selection process.  The EdCredible® platform is revolutionary and we see application for it that reaches far beyond textbook adoptions.  It’s exciting to see the FLDOE take the same innovative approach to the standards review process,” said Karine Johns, Supervisor of Instructional Materials at Hillsborough County Public Schools.  

 

Over the next year, the majority of Florida school districts will use the EdCredible® Instructional Materials Adoption Platform to conduct their district instructional materials reviews.  “EdCredible® is an amazing tool that has simplified the adoption process by providing everything we need in one user-friendly platform,” said Tina Swanton, Instructional Materials Supervisor at Broward County Public Schools.

 

For more information about EdCredible, please contact Kurt Fichtman, kfichtman@edcredible.com or go to www.edcredible.com.

Florida Department of Education Launches Robust New Tool to Collect Input on Florida Standards

April 8, 2019

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Florida Department of Education Launches Robust New Tool to Collect Input on Florida Standards Tallahassee, Fla., April 8, 2019 – Today, the Florida Department of Education announced another opportunity for education stakeholders to submit input for the standards review process. This new survey enables respondents to provide feedback on each existing standard individually at www.floridastandardsreview.org. Floridians will still have the opportunity to submit general comments through the original survey link at www.fldoe.org/standardsreview.  Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said, “We have long decried the endless issues associated with Common Core, and we are taking action to eliminate every last shred of it from Florida’s academic standards. That’s why today we deployed this specific, detailed survey tool that we’ll use to make student-focused changes.” 

In January, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32 to ensure Florida has the best academic standards in the nation by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future. This mandate directs Commissioner Richard Corcoran to comprehensively review the academic standards for Florida’s kindergarten through grade twelve students and provide recommended revisions to the Governor by January 1, 2020. 

This review process is believed to be the first time that any state has had the ability to collect and instantly analyze widespread public opinion on the education standards that drive the K-12 public school curriculum. At www.floridastandardsreview.org, stakeholders have the ability to seamlessly review each of Florida’s current Mathematics and English Language Arts standards by grade level, with additional content area standards forthcoming for review. For each subject and grade level, respondents are asked to state whether they would keep the standards as is, revise the current standard or eliminate the standards entirely and provide a rationale for their selection. The department will use the recommendations submitted through this process to develop new proposed standards before holding public hearings this fall and preparing the final standards to be submitted to Governor DeSantis.

In addition to collecting public input, the department is examining standards from across the nation and will also consider benchmarking international standards to ensure Florida has the best standards in the world. The department is consulting with national experts on what is generally accepted as historically exceptional standards and those standards are posted at www.fldoe.org/standardsreview

Department leadership has held calls and presented to more than a dozen organizations and stakeholders on the standards review process, including: school district superintendents, staff, teachers and administrators; secondary career and technical education directors; Florida Philanthropic Network; Panhandle Area Educational Consortium; Impact Florida; Florida Children and Youth Cabinet; Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; Consortium of Florida Education Foundations; Florida Association of District School Superintendents; Florida Parent Teacher Association; and representatives from other civil rights and community organizations.

For more information on the standards review process, please visit www.fldoe.org/standardsreview

Nation’s 8th Largest School District and EdCredible® Expand Transformative Partnership to Revolutionize Textbook Adoption Process

For Immediate Release 2-22-2018

The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) and EdCredible® are excited to announce that Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is using EdValuate® to initiate a data-driven, cost-saving measure that automates and streamlines the instructional materials evaluation process.   EdValuate® is the cutting-edge platform that revolutionizes how districts manage and implement their selection process for instructional materials adoptions.  In August 2017, HCPS began using the innovative platform to streamline the process and enhance visibility into the evaluation results with EdValuate's comparative analytics.

 

"We see the investment in our partnership with EdCredible® as a transformational move toward an instructional materials selection process that saves the district money, while increasing the accuracy, equity and transparency of the entire evaluation and selection process," said Karine Johns, Supervisor of Instructional Materials at Hillsborough County Public Schools. "The EdValuate platform is revolutionary and we see application for it that reaches far beyond textbook adoptions.”   

 

HCPS's initial success in using EdValuate® for their Science Adoption this past fall, led the district to utilize this platform for three additional adoptions for courses in Career and Technical Education, K-5 Social Studies and Secondary Reading.  EdCredible® is also providing a custom portal site where HCPS teachers go to review finalist materials for each of the HCPS adoptions.  In early 2018, HCPS intends to utilize EdValuate® for their upcoming Math adoption.  

 

Hillsborough County Public Schools along with Marion, Martin and Broward County Public Schools are some of the first districts to leverage EdValuate's new Vendor Response functionality.  The exciting functionality offers companies a unique opportunity to provide responses to each of the indicators, which are in turn displayed side-by-side with the evaluation criteria so that committee members can quickly identify evidence that instructional materials meet the various criteria.

 

“EdCredible’s new, innovative approach to evaluating instructional resources is an exciting development within the education landscape,” said Coni Rechner, Senior Vice President of National Partnerships at Discovery Education.  “The Instructional Materials Evaluation Platform’s new functionality provides school systems a valuable tool that helps them find and evaluate the best resources in education.”

Vendors or School Districts who would like to learn how they can leverage the EdValuate® platform should contact EdCredible’s CEO, Kurt Fichtman at kfichtman@edcredible.com or direct at 704-998-1596.

Innovative Textbook Adoption and RFP Evaluation Tool Scores 5 Stars with Educators

For Immediate Release 4-18-2017

The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA), along with its partner, EdCredible® announced today a revolutionary new Textbook Adoption and RFP Evaluation System that is automating and simplifying the secure creation, weighting, administration, scoring, analysis and overall management of the onerous textbook adoption and RFP evaluation process.  "EdValuate" replaces the time consuming and often stressful paper and pencil evaluation process with an innovative online platform that instantaneously and accurately calculates and compares the weighted results of any product evaluation regardless of the number of questions, comments or respondents.  EdValuate® is easy to use, quick, completely customizable, and secure – the survey data belongs only to the district.

 

"In a world where everything has gone digital, I still was nervous about having a computer tabulate results from our textbook adoption surveys.  However, after seeing the ease of use by my participants being able to use their phone, laptop, iPad or computer desktop to easily log their ratings, followed by the instantaneous results, I was sold.  It replaced the need for me to manually add all results, double check my math, and helped me to avoid any manual mistakes that are inherent in paper/pencil responses.  The real-time scoring allowed us to immediately share the results and have a dialogue around them.  The committee members all had a positive experience in using our first-ever digital evaluation.  We certainly will plan to use EdValuate® for our upcoming science textbook adoption.”  Shannon Blount, Coordinator of Reading/Language Arts, Martin County School District

 

The new tool offers organizations a level of efficiency and data integrity not yet seen in any other survey or evaluation tool.  Users can weight individual Categories and Questions without having to create formulas or calculations and the evaluation data is calculated in real-time.  EdValuate® empowers administrators to solicit anecdotal comments for any and all questions.  Private messaging functionality allows administrators to follow-up with respondents privately without jeopardizing the integrity of the data.   Exciting new reporting features compare evaluations side-by-side in a Scorecard format. Comparative charts at the category and question level, and the Question Analysis Report make it easy to identify strengths and weaknesses across multiple textbooks, products and services.

 

“The big win we see for school districts is in the analytics and integrity of the data.  For the first time ever, administrators can personalize their adoption decisions because the online scoring and analytics make it easy to identify if a specific textbook is better suited for the ELL population versus the general education population. Without EdValuate®, a district could never make that distinction.  FSBA is also excited about the integrity of the data and how easy it is to defend it.  Our administrators are protected because it means an end to eraser marks, scratched out answers, incorrect calculations and lost evaluations.  EdValuate offers school districts so much value and something that very few products do- time and peace of mind.  It’s hard to imagine a school district doing paper and pencil evaluations ever again.”  Andrea Messina, Executive Director, Florida School Boards Association

 

School districts should send an email to kfichtman@edcredible.com to request a 10 minute demo of EdValuate®.

 

EdCredible® is on the leading edge of true innovation and changes markets by empowering users with technology solutions that increase both the level and scale of knowledge that they utilize to evaluate products and services.  EdValuate is going to change the way instructional materials adoptions are done. 

FSBA Launches Purchasing Platform

FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE STATEWIDE REVIEW PLATFORM TO DRIVE TRANSPARENCY IN K12 PURCHASING

For Immediate Release December 8, 2016

The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) announced today that it is taking aim at bringing transparency to the purchasing process of their members through a new Transparency in Purchasing Platform tool called EdCred.  Powered by EdCredible®, EdCred is a K12 focused rating and review platform that empowers decision makers across Florida to fully vet K12 products and services providing invaluable data to save them time, money and resources.

 

For Florida educators, EdCredible® capitalizes on what is already habit for most of the population and creates transparency in an industry that has had little of it.  Whether it’s booking a hotel or deciding where to eat, reading reviews on sites such as Yelp and Trip Advisor is common-place for most consumers.  Those reviews report the experiences of consumers in the real world so that future consumers can effectively evaluate their options and make the best decision.  If you read reviews before purchasing a $150 hotel room, you certainly should read reviews from validated educators before deciding on a $1 million textbook adoption.   In fact, according to a recent survey by BrightLocal, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. FSBA Executive Director, Andrea Messina said:

 

“Reading reviews before purchasing a product has become second nature.  It’s a natural evolution for that capability to find its way into K12 education.  All too often decision makers at the school and district level rely solely on brief demonstrations and vendor provided references.  FSBA is excited about this product because it levels the playing field for our school board members and for educators, giving them a very real picture of the quality and value of a product or service before they make a final decision.”

 

District Administrators across Florida are excited about the value of EdCred Martin County’s Chief Academic Officer, Tracey Miller said,

“This is a powerful tool and the comprehensive product report has already helped us identify other school districts that were using a product that we were evaluating.  It would have been extremely difficult for us to identify non-vendor provided district references or to solicit this type of relevant information about the product from educators in other districts without using EdCred.”

 

According to a recent Weber Shandwick Study, 77% trust third-party consumer based reviews versus vendor-led, professional or editorial reviews.  EdCredible Founder, Kurt Fichtman says, “There’s no doubt that in today’s day and age, consumer reviews play a critical role in the buying cycle across all industries.  We’re excited about FSBA’s vision to leverage that capability across the state of Florida.”

About Florida School Boards Association

The Florida School Boards Association, Inc. (FSBA) is a nonprofit corporation representing the elected school boards in Florida.  FSBA has been the collective voice for Florida school districts since 1930 and is closely allied with other educational and community agencies to work toward improvement of education in Florida.

 

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SELECTS EDCREDIBLE

February 18, 2016                                                                                                                  

TEXAS K12 CTO COUNCIL SELECTS EDCREDIBLE TO BE STATEWIDE REVIEW PLATFORM FOR K12 PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

EdCredible.com, a Charlotte, North Carolina start-up offers an education ratings and reviews platform focused on bringing transparency to K12 education, was selected by the prestigious Texas K-12 CTO Council to be their statewide rating and review platform. EdCredible recently added over 2000 products to be rated that were requested by the Texas CTO Council from companies such as: Cisco, Lightspeed, Aerohive, Sungard, SuccessEd, Stoneware, iBoss, SonicWall, Palo Alto, Hayes Software and Tyler Technologies.

 

EdCredible is being offered to all Texas K-12 CTO Council members for free and the Council is piloting the EdCredible platform because of its flexibility in creating role-based, domain specific rating forms. Executive Director, Alice Owen said:

 

“EdCredible offers all educators the ability to quickly rate product features and read product reviews that matter most to them. Specific to technical products, EdCredible gives CTO Council members the ability to write and read reviews from their perspective of: Timeline, Cost, Budget, Network Impact and Integration, Vendor Staffing, Service and Support. The big advantage that we see with EdCredible is that data can be shared and benchmarked across the state, which is a big win for our tech community.”

 

EdCredible brings transparency to a marketplace that traditionally has had little of it.  “All along we've wanted to bring transparency to education and the partnership with the Texas CTO Council brings a new level of legitimacy to the power of crowdsourced feedback in education,” said Kurt Fichtman, Founder of EdCredible. 

 

Since EdCredible launched at FETC in Mid-January, it has grown from a handful of school districts to being used in nearly 500 school districts.  The growth EdCredible has seen is also evident on its social media channels like Facebook with over 800 new likes in last couple of weeks.  EdCredible is free to educators and the appeal of anonymity has educators writing frank, unfiltered reviews about the products and services they use every day.  Founder, Kurt Fichtman concluded with:

 

“We hear all the time that educators feel like they don’t have a say and that they aren’t being heard.  We know that educators have a voice and we built EdCredible for them.  It’s for the teachers and administrators who are in the trenches working hard for kids every day.   The impact that perspective based ratings and reviews are going to have on education decision making will be nothing short of profound.”

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