October 2010 Archives

Webinar to Examine Testing ELLs in Math, Science

The webinar on testing ELLs is hosted by the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.

Common-Standards Watch: Oregon's Adoption Makes 41

Yes, common-standards watchers, we have a new map for you. The Oregon board of education voted today to approve the common standards, making it the 41st state (including the District of Columbia) to do so. So this is what your Common-Standards Nation looks like now:...

Bullying May Violate Gay Students' Rights, Ed Dept. Warns

The Education Department issues new guidance on bullying, saying that some types of harassment based on sexuality or religion might constitute a federal civil rights violation.

Michigan State Launches Math/Science Research Institute

The Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education will bring together top scholars to tackle challenges from 7th grade through the college level.

N.Y. Times Editorial Weighs in on Science/Math Education

The editorial draws on the recent National Academies report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited."

Study Finds Wide Variations in Test Cutoffs for 'Proficient'

A new study documents substantial gaps among states in what they expect students to master.

Why Students Don't Write Research Papers in High School

Recent papers and discussions explore high school students' weak skills in writing and research.

Court to Teachers: No Free Speech Rights on Curriculum

A court ruling this week held a potent message for teachers: you can't use the First Amendment to defend your curricular decisions. The federal appeals court ruling out of Cincinnati notes that the school board has the ultimate right to set policy in that area, and to fire teachers whose choices fly in the face of that policy. Other readings of interest this week: • College admissions: The National Association of College Admissions Counselors released its annual report on college admissions, confirming what many of us already know: students are applying to more schools, and they're doing more of it online....

Finishing America COMPETES Bill Will Take 'Miracle,' House Aide Says

A bill that contains a variety of provisions to advance STEM education is unlikely to be signed into law this year.

Common-Standards Watch: New Mexico Makes 40

New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the common standards.

History Textbook Draws Fire for Assertion on Black Confederate Soldiers

The assertion regarding African Americans is rejected by most historians.

Implementing the Common Standards: Experts Weigh In

Now that most states have adopted the common standards, many minds are turning to the question of how to implement them. Case in point: a report out today from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. You might recall that the Fordham folks, here in Washington, have weighed in by grading the common standards, offering state-by-state comparisons, and mulling pesky governance questions about them. In today's report, they bring to bear the thoughts of a stable of experts on how to turn these standards into real classroom teaching (they also hit again on those governance questions). Interesting discussions. But one thing that ...

TV Show 'Glee' Inspires a New Generation of School Groups

An Associated Press story highlights examples of a resurgence in glee clubs in Delaware.

Obama Hosting Science Fair as Part of STEM Education Push

Obama has used the bully pulpit repeatedly over the past year to plug STEM education.

NSF Site Highlights Research on Science, Engineering, and Education

The Science, Engineering and Education Innovation website provides brief explanation of "transformative" NSF research.

$27 Million in Tech Grants Awarded for Early Math, Literacy

The grants under the federal Ready-to-Learn Television program are focused on the math and literacy skills of young children.

Common-Standards Watch: With Kansas, It's 39

Kansas becomes the 39th state to adopt the common standards.

Reading Roundup: College Remediation, New York Tests

Hot on the heels of last week's White House summit on community colleges, the Hechinger Report takes a look at the phenomenon of community college students getting mired in remedial education. The American Institutes for Research has put a pricetag on what it costs to educate college students who drop out after their freshman year. All of which only adds urgency to the question of what secondary schools must do to lay a strong foundation for students to do well in college, and what higher-ed must do to adequately support them once they're on campus. The New York Times analyzes ...

New Federal Grants Aim to Boost Computer-Science Education

The National Science Foundation and DARPA announce grants to promote computer science education.

NSF Has New Leader, But 'Help Wanted' At Education Office

Subra Suresh was approved for a six-year term at the National Science Foundation.

Common-Standards Watch: Maine Moves a Step Closer

Maine's commissioner of education approves the common standards, but the legislature still must approve them in order for that adoption to become final.

Science & Engineering Festival Aims to Fire Up U.S. Youths

An ambitious effort to engage America's young people in the STEM fields kicks off this weekend: the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

The High School Work of College Readiness

A new report from ACT Inc. explores how expanded college readiness in high school produces better college outcomes.

What Comes Before Community College? High School

The White House's Community College Summit creates dialog and leverages commitment, but some worry that zeroing in on college downplays the work needed to improve high schools.

Computer Science Education Getting Short Shrift, Study Finds

A new coalition has also been formed to help elevate the status of computer science education in U.S. schools.

Is It Time to Stem the 'STEM Education' Tide?

A item in the New York Times questions the value of the pervasive phrase, STEM education.

21st-Century-Skills Group Chooses New Leadership

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills chooses new leadership as it seeks to raise its policy profile.

What Do Social Studies Teachers REALLY Think?

In general, high school social studies teachers in the United States say students should learn to respect and appreciate their country, but know its shortcomings.

U.S. Ed Department Awards Grants for Spec Ed Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education announces $67 million in grants to groups of states to design tests for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.

New Collection of Articles Targets Math Instruction

Stories focus on introducing algebra in the early grades, using "RTI" to refocus math instruction, and other topics.

Scientology's Role in Classrooms: Study Aid?

The Church of Scientology publicizes its system for enhancing study effectiveness.

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