Learning About Great Scientists' Struggles Can Motivate High School Students

New research from the American Psychological Association shows that students are less motivated in science when they believe that success in the field depends on extraordinary talent.


More Bad News for Math-Textbook Publishers From Curriculum Review Site

EdReports.org, the group that bills itself as the Consumer Reports of common-core instructional materials, released analyses of four more textbook series this week—and again the results indicated publishers failed to meet the mark.


What We Know About Struggling Math Students, According to PISA Results

The latest data-heavy report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is turning up some interesting and sometimes counterintuitive details on just who is likely to struggle the most on international benchmarking tests in mathematics.


Where Are Teachers Getting Their Common-Core Instructional Materials?

A new study found that teachers are mainly relying on homegrown instructional materials, created either by themselves or their district colleagues, to meet the Common Core State Standards.


PARCC, Smarter Balanced Assessments Better at Gauging Depth, Complexity, Study Says

Evaluating how well tests measure higher-order thinking skills and focus on the most important content and skills for college readiness, PARCC and SBAC come out on top of ACT Aspire and the MCAS.


PARCC Considers Reorganization, Seeks Input to Shape its Future

The consortium is inviting input as it considers whether it should reorganize or replace its current Parcc Inc. nonprofit.


The Common-Core Reading Standard That Should Have Been

A lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts said she has at least one regret about how the standards turned out: that they don't require students to read a large number of texts independently.


New Literacy Program Gives D.C. Children a Free Book Every Month

Through the District of Columbia's new "Books From Birth" literacy initiative, children under 5 years old will be eligible to have a free book sent to their houses every month.


Computer Science Education Groups Looking for Feedback on Draft Framework

Several of the big computer science education groups have put out a draft "framework" for how to teach the subject, and they're now looking for feedback from the public.


With Computer Science Ed. Gaining Momentum, Girls Still Well Behind

The stars may very well be aligning for proponents of K-12 computer science education


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