December 2010 Archives

Interesting reading on a variety of curriculum issues, from flipping the order of high school science courses to aligning individual education plans with the common standards.

STEM, reading, and assessment top the list of most-read subjects on Curriculum Matters in 2010.

Two new summaries of the Race to the Top assessment proposals offer concise, comparative looks at the design ideas for the new tests.

Two Boston schools use frequent testing and close monitoring of the results as keys to their turnaround strategies.

A new report finds 48 states will report graduation rates by a common formula for the class of 2011.

A new study shows that one in five recent high school graduates lack the academic skills to enlist in the military.

The legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act was approved in the House today by a vote of 228-130, after winning Senate passage just days ago.

The groups claim that the new social studies standards are both historically inaccurate and discriminatory.

By guest blogger Sarah D. Sparks Research shows the value of a high school diploma to the job market faltering at the same time policymakers and educators are looking for ways to increase the number of students who graduate high school. "Attainment of a diploma is a weak signal" of a student's ability to complete college or progress in a career said Henry I. Braun, an education and public policy professor at Boston College's Lynch School of Education, at a recent research symposium on student success after high school. "We have a substantial and differential leakage at each segment of ...

A new report finds more states requiring some form of high school test, and its authors predict that forthcoming common assessments could fuel that trend.

One provider of workshops about the common standards promotes it like a rock and roll band's tour.

A new partnership seeks to support the movement toward common standards and assessments by enlisting the participation of higher education.

The bill includes a variety of provisions aimed at improving STEM education.

A new development in assessment has the potential to make tests more accessible to students with disabilities, and more portable.

Some state legislators are questioning the wisdom of the decision.

The American Federation of Teachers explores how to shape curriculum from the common standards.

Forty-two percent of adults identified a phrase popularized by the author of "The Communist Manifesto" as coming from one of America's founding documents.

The $440,000 research project is intended to lay the groundwork for a longitudinal examination of informal science learning programs.

A college student reflects on her lackluster freshman English experience, and education activists debate how far teachers and principals should go in tracking down truants.

A new report estimates how long it will take to close achievement gaps.

The winners will participate in professional development activities and recognition events, including a White House ceremony.

Membership begins to shift in the two consortia designing common assessments.

Secretary Duncan, also speaking at the event, defended plans to merge aid for a federal foreign language assistance program into a broader, competitive funding pot.

A new paper explores unresolved questions that hang over the design of assessments for the new common standards.

A panel of the state school board voted to recommend the biology and environmental science textbooks by a vote of 6-1.

The series highlights the policies and practices of education systems that have shown strong performance or gains on the international assessment.

Plenty of people are weighing in on the latest international data, from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to teachers' union leaders and a former governor.

Another report from the OECD, which released PISA results today, describes what top-scoring nations did to produce high levels of achievement among 15-year-olds.

Parents in Singapore are far more likely to engage a math tutor for their child.

In reading, U.S. scores were relatively unchanged, keeping American students in the middle of the pack.

The College Board has overhauled its AP Latin and Spanish literature courses.

A new study finds that most U.S. students have far to go before they can master the common standards.

In face of earlier criticism, the final social studies standards require students to take two U.S. history courses covering all major periods.

Expect lots of analysis, and probably plenty of handwringing, after the international test results are issued next week.

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