PARCC Makes Speaking-and-Listening Test Optional

With concerns about testing time high on its radar, PARCC decides it needs more time to figure out how to standardize a portion of the test that is embedded in daily classroom instruction.


Review Finds 'Distortions,' Biases in Texas Textbooks

New social studies textbooks under consideration by the Texas board of education include "serious distortions of history and contemporary issues," according to a watchdog group's recent review.


National Group for Chemistry Teachers Launches

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers, which is billing itself as the "first national chemistry association for K-12 teachers," is officially up and running as of this month.


With Help From Bill Gates, 'Big History' to Reach 15,000 Students

The philanthropist has invested $10 million to bring a new approach to history instruction to high school classrooms, according to a recent feature in the New York Times Magazine.


Florida School Boards Association Takes On Testing Issue

Motions to demand a halt to standardized testing and an opt-out policy for parents were passed to a legislative committee for possible presentation to state lawmakers.


AFT Grant Program Invites Teachers to Revise, Monitor Common-Core Standards

Teachers can apply for grants from the American Federation of Teachers to improve the Common Core State Standards.


California Higher Education Systems Pledge Common-Core Support

All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.


A. Graham Down, Liberal-Arts Advocate, Dies at 85

A. Graham Down, who served as executive director and president of the Council for Basic Education from 1974 to 1994, died on Aug. 30.


British Students Required to Learn Computer Coding

Starting this school year, students as young as 5 in England will be required to learn computer programming, reports the BBC.


Music Training May Lead to Faster Speech Processing, Study Says

Elementary students who participated in a music enrichment program for two years showed improvement in their ability to process speech sounds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.


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