October 2009 Archives

Some of the individuals who have been selected to provide feedback on mathematics or English/language arts standards for college- and career-readiness are also part of the group of people charged with "validation" of the standards.


A new guide, based on a study by the National Research Council, offers advice on how to craft lessons on the resources found in science centers and museums.


The National Academies is hosting discussions of how to improve standards in science, which could shape the ongoing "Common Core" standards project.


Don't confuse 'forensics' with 'forensic science' a reader says.


African-American students who took part in debates were more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be college-ready, a new study finds.


Teachers in forensic science course often use local law enforcement agencies as prime resources.


At least five northwest states have academic standards that address Native American culture and history, and the subject is included in the school curriculum, according to a federal study released this week.


The Hispanic College Fund will stage a forum on Capitol Hill on strategies to draw more Latino students into science and math fields.


The nation needs to take more aggressive steps in recruiting math and science teachers, Secretary Duncan tells a White House panel.


A parents group that is active on math issues likes what it sees from the draft "Common Core" standards.


Former IES chief Russ Whitehurst says the Bush and Obama administrations have two different approaches to curriculum.


The federal What Works Clearinghouse has determined that Read 180 shows "potentially positive effects" on student reading achievement.


A big science teachers association offers reviews of the scientific accuracy of Hollywood flicks.


President Obama keeps tab of what his daughters are reading, according to report by a pool reporter on the president's visit to a Maryland elementary school yesterday.


A Massachusetts business group launches an effort to introduce middle schoolers in nearly 600 middle schools to careers in "STEM" fields.


Effect sizes in research studies of curriculum are "larger, more certain, and less expensive" than education reforms favored by the Obama administration, according to a paper by Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, the former research chief of the U.S. Department of Education.


The sponsors of the automotive "X Prize" are asking high schools to come up with car dashboards that promote energy efficiency.


A NY Times forum offers some informed opinions on how to improve elementary math results.


Tentative plans are in the works to establish common standards in other subjects, once reading and math are complete.


A new report by the ACT says the career interests of high school graduates don't match job-market projections.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is marking the 150th anniversary of John Brown's attack on a federal arsenal with an online exhibit for educators about him.


Mark Schneider says new test results show the No Child Left Behind Act needs to be rethought.


The chairman of the panel that oversees NAEP says stagnant math scores show a need to focus on improved teaching.


A large-scale evaluation of the U.S. Department of Educations Ready to Learn initiative found that preschoolers taught with a literacy curriculum that included video clips from PBS shows made significant gains in literacy skills, such as naming letters and knowing the sounds associated with those letters.


Three centers would be supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's top research division.


An evaluation of Striving Readers, the federal government's first reading program to focus on adolescents, shows a positive effect on student achievement at one of the sites that implemented Read 180.


Students are A) taking tougher math classes in high school and B) getting better grades. But test scores show that their achievement is not increasing, a former top ed official says.


Brenda Dann-Messier is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for vocational and adult education. How will the Obama administration's position on voc-ed shift from that of the last administration?


"School newcomer centers," which train English-language-learners, are placing an increasing emphasis on academic content, such as algebra, a survey finds.


The Corporation for National and Community Service and a number of nonprofit organizations launched this week the third annual national "learn and serve challenge," a 9-month effort aimed to support youths to learn academics at the same time that they are serving other people.


President Obama talks science, and star-gazing, at the White House.


A pair of white papers issued by the National Academy of Education weigh in on topics of major interest to state and federal policymakers.


4-H steps its efforts to promote STEM through its network of programs around the country.


California's budget reductions will result in some state curricular materials not reaching the state's schools until 2017 or later, Jack O'Connell says.


The United States education system should build upon its strengths, rather than replicating the flaws of foreign nations' schools, a scholar argues.


David Driscoll, former commissioner of education in Massachusetts is named chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the NAEP.


A computer software program developed by the MIND Research Institute wins praise for improved math scores in some Southern and Northern California districts.


The skills needed for two- and four-year colleges, and different jobs, may not be that similar, a scholar argues.


Students on a recent algebra test struggled with some topics in particular, such as data and statistics, and polynomial and rational functions.


A federal study shows math materials used in after-school programs had a notable impact on student learning while reading materials did not.


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