Ronald Thorpe, National Board President and Education Advocate, Dies at 63

Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, died today after a battle with lung cancer.


Teaching Independence Day

It's Independence Day. I've compiled a list of lessons to download and take to your picnic.


Close Reading: A Conversation, Not an 'Interrogation'

In this Q&A, the authors of a new book discuss what good close reading looks like in classrooms, and why teachers shouldn't be afraid of it.


PARCC Facing Challenges as Ohio, Arkansas Back Away

PARCC faces the loss of two states, but says it is optimistic it can maintain the test cost for remaining states.


Florida Financial Literacy Efforts Hit Snag

Florida's governor vetoed funding for a financial literacy mandate, raising questions about the status of such efforts in that state.


The Art of Reporting Common-Core Test Results

New York and Kentucky, which gave common-core tests before other states did—and navigated the public reaction—share their experiences as dozens of other states get ready to do the same.


10-Year-Old Wins National Chemistry Challenge

A 10-year-old boy wins the National You Be The Chemist Challenge. The event is aimed at getting students interested in chemistry and setting the stage for them to pursue it as a career.


Computer Science Teachers' Group Fills Executive Director Position

Mark R. Nelson was named the new executive director of the nearly 20,000-member Computer Science Teachers Association.


What Two Schools Are Doing About Teachers' Math Anxiety

"[K]ids aren't likely to buy into doing tougher math with teachers who are inwardly hyperventilating about the subject themselves," says a new brief from a New York City-based policy institute.


State Chiefs Group Offers Guidance on Reducing Testing

The Council of Chief State School Officers produces a new framework to help states move from theory to practice as they work to reduce the burden of testing on students and schools.


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