National Science Foundation Releases Data Tool for STEM Education

The National Science Foundation released a data tool today that puts STEM education statistics into a friendly, visual format.


Student Science Experiments Lost in NASA Rocket Explosion

The Antares rocket, which exploded just after takeoff in Virginia, was carrying a multitude of middle school science experiments.


Wanted: 1 Million Women STEM Mentors

The Million Women Mentor campaign has recruited 170,000 professionals to mentor girls in STEM fields in middle school through college, with a goal of 1 million volunteers.


Teachers a Key Source of Common-Core Curricula, Study Finds

As schools and districts struggle to find good-quality curriculum aligned to the common core, they're turning most often to their own teachers for those instructional materials, a new survey shows.


Governors Group Urges Focus on Early Math Learning

Governors should take steps to improve early-childhood mathematics education, including raising the bar for states' early-learning guidelines and promoting changes in teacher-preparation programs, according to a recent paper.


Online Library of Common-Core Resources Expands

A project that trains teachers to review lessons and units for alignment to the common core has expanded its set of offerings.


President Obama Is Root of Test-Reduction Rhetoric, Sources Say

The push to reduce the amount of time schools spend on testing originates in the White House, sources say.


A New Approach to Testing: New Hampshire Seeks Federal Approval

New Hampshire is proposing an alternative to testing all students every year with the same assessment. If the U.S. Department of Education approves its pilot plan, it could send a powerful signal that more testing flexibility might be available for states.


Chicago Schools Chief Asks to Delay PARCC Assessment

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of Chicago public schools, announced that she plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education to let the district hold off on a full administration of PARCC tests for another year.


Chevron Partners on $20 Million STEM Education Plan

The multinational energy corporation is launching an effort to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education and training in rural Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.


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