December 2009 Archives

Ed Department Seeks More Public Input on Assessments

The Education Department schedules a second round of public meetings to help shape its $350 million competition to design common assessments.

Abstinence Programs Have a Chance in Health Care Reform

The health care reform bill pending in the U.S. Senate still includes $50 million for programs that teach youths to delay having sex, which are widely called "abstinence-only" programs.

Book Describes How Students with Learning Disabilities Read

Beth Fertig shows what it takes for some students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, to be taught to read.

Don't Know Much About History...

Policymakers need to raise the level of history instruction in U.S. schools by making state certification requirements for teachers of history more stringent, argues a report released today by the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Va.

Essay Contest on the Civil Rights Movement

Six education organizations, including the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, have created a partnership to support teachers in bringing African-American history to life for their students.

Argument: Common Standards Are a Matter of Equity

National common standards would make expectations for all students to succeed academically more equitable, contends Bob Rothman, a senior fellow for the Alliance for Excellent Education, in a brief released today by that organization.

Does Reading Recovery Work for English-Learners? We Don't Know.

The What Works Clearinghouse of the U.S. Department of Education explored the question of whether the Reading Recovery short-term tutoring intervention is effective with English-language learners, but it didn't come up with an answer.

Report: Most Middle Schools Have Halted Tracking

A report by the Thomas B. Forham Institute found that middle schools in Massachusetts that do tracking have more students with advanced knowledge of mathematics than those that don't.

A California School Board Votes Out Curriculum on Anti-Gay Bullying

The school board in Alameda, Calif., has reversed its decision to support an elementary school curriculum on anti-gay bullying. It had adopted the curriculum in May but voted this week to phase it out, according to the Associated Press.

What Kinds of Schools Are Most Likely to Teach Foreign Languages?

Private elementary schools are more than three times more likely than public elementary schools to offer students foreign-language classes, according to a national survey.

Asian Math Lessons

High-performing Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea order math lessons so that math lessons reinforce, and build upon each other.

Testing Snafu at Top School

A botched test affects thousands of applicants to elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

A Push for Computer Science

A group of organizations launches a campaign on behalf of computer science.

Duncan: Preschool Will Help Country 'Get Out of the Catch-Up Business'

In a speech to early-childhood-education researchers meeting at Georgetown University today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressed his belief that high-quality preschool programs can create a level playing field for all students at the start of school.

On a Personal Note

Farewell, and thank you.

Does New Mexico Need a Hispanic Education Act?

Legislators in New Mexico are considering a proposed Hispanic Education Act, which would provide a curricula for Hispanic culture and language.

The Legacy of a Canadian Tragedy, and 'STEM' Education

A story examines the legacy of "The Montreal Massacre," and the reluctance of women to pursue careers in "STEM" fields.

To Write About Curriculum, Reporters Need Classroom Access

For education reporters to write about teaching and learning, and give examples of how a curriculum plays out in the classroom, they need to have a chance to spend a considerable amount of time observing students and teachers.

A Wave of Feedback Over the Standards

Educators have not been shy about giving their opinions about drafts released through the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Many say standards are only one piece of the K-12 puzzle.

Texas Ed Chief Rips Administration for Backing Common Standards

Texas' education commissioner says the Obama administration's federal stimulus guidelines are punishing his state as they promote common academic standards.

The American Revolution: Flunking the Test

Americans think that knowing about the American Revolution is important. Unfortunately, most of us don't know the answers to basic questions about it.

A Look at Early Reading First, a Federal Program for Preschoolers

A round-up of studies or books about Early Reading First, a federal program for preschoolers authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Groups to Spread Word on Standards in States, Districts

The American Federation of Teachers, Council of Great City Schools, and National Association of State Boards of Education are joining the outreach effort on standards.

On Federal STEM Efforts and Grassroots Support for Standards

A former NCES commissioner weighs in on President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign. Supporters of common standards look for grassroots support.

How Popular Are E-Books With Students?

High school and college students are known for being more keen on technology than many of their elders, but a blog post over at the Atlantic Wire suggests that Kindle textbooks and other kinds of e-books aren't catching on quickly with students.

Resource: A Heads-Up on American History Grant Process

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is telling school district officials they should be poised to apply for federal grants to support the teaching of American history in their schools.

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