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By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2016
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Company: Learning List, 406 E. 11th Street, Suite 305, Austin, Texas 78701; 512-852-2131;;

Price: Subscriptions are available to schools and districts and are based on enrollment. For pricing information, call 512-852-2131. There is no fee for publishers to submit products to LearningList for review. Publishers whose products are featured on receive a discounted subscription.

Audience: K–12 educators, district and campus administrators, and teachers

System Requirements: Access to the internet is through a web browser.

Description: LearningList is an instructional materials review service for schools and districts.

Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is acquired through a web browser. Subscriptions are available to districts or schools, allowing unlimited numbers of users to access Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: LearningList reviews K–12 instructional materials including textbooks, DVDs, online resources, and online courses. Products include comprehensive resources as well as supplemental products to meet the needs of specific students.

Three types of reviews provide multiple perspectives for each product. One review verifies the publisher’s correlation to the Common Core, Advanced Placement, or state standards. An editorial review analyzes the instructional content and design of the attributes which make the product unique. Subscriber ratings and reviews are provided based on criteria selected by educators.

Tools on provide collaboration opportunities regarding the selection process. An alphabetical list of publishers whose products have been reviewed is available on the homepage. Feedback is provided from educators who have used the product with students, subject matter experts, and publishers. LearningList’s Fill-in-the-Gap tool identifies other products aligned to standards that are not 100% covered.

LearningList features state adoption reports along with its own reviews. Detailed alignment reports help educators incorporate instructional materials into curriculum maps and lesson plans. Test performance can be analyzed. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: LearningList is easy to access and use. The alphabetical listing of products that have been reviewed aids in the search process. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: A LearningList newsletter is available to subscribers with timely and relevant information. LearningList offers free webinars followed by a 7-day trial period; for information, call 512-852-2131. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: LearningList is an excellent tool to help school and district personnel determine which new instructional materials would best fit the needs of their students. It gives subscribers access to an online library of completed reviews and allows them the ability to request reviews of additional materials in the subjects reviewed. I like the Education Ratings that allow the sharing of experiences among educators. They rate and review products using criteria aligned with effective teaching practices.

LearningList considers a product aligned to a standard only if the product addresses the content, context, and cognitive demands of the standard. This solves a major issue when new materials do not align to as many standards as expected and lack the functionality that was promised.

With LearningList, educators are more confident that the products they select will lead to student success. Reports generated by LearningList help educators develop standards-aligned lesson plans, understand state test results, and evaluate program effectiveness.

LearningList is a valuable tool to help schools and districts evaluate new instructional materials, thus saving hours of time and money. It empowers educators to make better-informed decisions as well as better-informed choices about which materials would support students to be successful learners.

Highly recommended for districts and schools that want to find materials that provide the best features and value. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is

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