June 2010 Archives

We told you yesterday that one state had adopted the common standards but hadn't made it public yet. It turns out that this state is Wyoming, but it isn't that they're not "willing" to make a public announcement, as we said yesterday. It's just that they haven't been able to yet. The Wyoming state board adopted the common standards on June 16. When we heard about that on June 22, we called to check, and education department spokesman Tim Lockwood cheerfully confirmed it. (We told you about that here, too.) But since the adoption, many things have gotten in the ...

The newly revised social studies standards in Texas are now available online.

Arizona becomes the 16th state to adopt the common standards.

A state judge in Texas yesterday upheld a truth-in-grading policy.

One state has adopted the common standards but is not willing to make that public yet.

The late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was a strong champion of history and civics education in schools.

States are doing comparison studies between their own standards and the common core.

A special report from the American Prospect magazine examines early literacy.

Oklahoma becomes the 15th state to adopt the common standards.

Illinois adopts the common standards.

Three consortia of states are the only ones vying for federal money in the Race to the Top Assessment competition.

A $10 million federal grant will pay for research on improving math instruction for students in middle school.

The Race to the Top assessment applications are in the Department of Education's hands, and they detail new systems of assessment

Even as states submit their applications to develop new tests under Race to the Top, leading policymakers advise the field to proceed with care.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute issues a set of papers exploring how the common standards will be governed in coming years.

Thirteen states have now adopted the common standards.

The two main state consortia submitting applications for Race to the Top money provide a glimpse of the testing systems they plan to propose.

A new study suggests that middle school music instruction enhances students' academic achievement in algebra.

The theory of evolution will remain "a cornerstone of science classes in Nebraska's public schools" under proposed new science standards the state board of education is expected to take up this summer, reports the Omaha World-Herald. Three members of the state board told the newspaper they were not aware of any effort by board members or the public to include intelligent design in Nebraska's new science standards. As many readers are aware, the neighboring state of Kansas in recent years has proved a hotbed of debate over evolution, though in 2007, a newly elected state board removed language that described ...

Kentucky's quiet move to finalize adoption of common standards

The federal Institute of Education Sciences has announced awards totaling $100 million for a new initiative to promote reading comprehension.

The U.S. House this week marked the 20th anniversary of a fellowship program that brings math and science teachers to Washington for a year.

Advocates for improved summer learning opportunities for children went to Capitol Hill yesterday to promote the cause.

Kentucky quietly finalizes its approval of the common standards.

New Jersey becomes the 10th state to adopt the common standards.

Michigan becomes the eighth state to adopt the common standards.

Secondary students from across the nation are competing this week in the finals of the National History Day contest.

A veteran education policymaker argues that thoughtful professional development will be key to successful implementation of the common standards.

NASA has just launched a new initiative to engage students in STEM activities during the summer months.

Dialog and debate about the common standards unfolds after their final release.

Engineering is getting increased attention in the early grades.

A new report says Massachusetts needs to refocus its strategies for improving student literacy.

A Maryland district is teaming up with educational publisher Pearson to revamp the school system's elementary curriculum and then make the model available to other districts to purchase.

The Texas state board of education will see some changes in membership next year that could affect its political balance.

The Ohio state board of education yesterday unanimously approved the common-core standards.

A new study finds that most individuals who pass the GED fail to see an economic benefit, and that the credential may be doing more harm than good.

Student bees and other competitions are growing in popularity.

A growing number of school districts are shifting to a four-day school week, an AP story finds.

The public feedback on common standards is summarized and released, along with a report of the validation committee, without the support of five of its members.

A new report raises concerns about state "loopholes" that may prevent many students from getting adequate P.E. at school.

Wisconsin and North Carolina join the list of states to embrace the common standards.

The long-awaited final version of the academic standards in math and English/language arts were released this morning. Take a look at my story. I'll be updating it later today, after a press conference outside Atlanta orchestrated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers....

New survey research gives a closer look at how Americans, and parents of school-age children in particular, view math and science education

Massachusetts decided to apply for Race to the Top funding in Round 2 after all. So that means it has to adopt the common standards by Aug. 2, or lose points—as it did in Round 1—in the competition. A couple weeks ago, Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester said that officials there were reconsidering applying for Round 2. But they apparently decided to go for it, because they submitted their application on Saturday, according to this story from the Boston Globe. There were some who saw Massachusetts' "reconsidering" stance as purely political. Critics who think the common standards...


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