February 2011 Archives

Arts Education Sees Decline, Especially for Minorities, Report Suggests

The drop in exposure to arts education is most severe for Hispanics and African Americans.

Finding Funding for Reading Instruction

A new report outlines federal funding sources for literacy programs aimed at children birth through 8.

Reading Roundup: Formative Assessment, Content vs. Skills

Writers and reports provoke interesting debate about formative assessment, 21st century skills and college-admissions tests.

Curriculum Linked to Common Standards is Needed, AFT Says

The AFT presses for shared curriculum linked to the common standards.

PTA Issues Common-Standards Guides for Parents

The National PTA creates guidance for parents on the new common standards.

Most Urban Districts Fall Short of National Average on NAEP in Science

Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.

AFT Wades Into Common Standards and Assessments

The American Federation of Teachers wades into the question of how curriculum should be developed for the common standards.

Financial Literacy to Be Tested on International Exam

The new PISA exam will focus on such matters as planning and managing financies, dealing with credit cards, and consumer rights.

House OKs Cuts to Array of Ed. Programs, From Literacy to Teaching STEM

President Obama has threatened to veto the bill as approved on a largely party-line vote in the House.

Friday Reading Roundup

Recent EdWeek posts on a variety of curriculum-related topics.

Commission Set Up to Improve Humanities, Social Science Studies

By guest blogger Michelle D. Anderson As debate rages on about what American students should be studying to boost employment and sustain the nation's global competitiveness, one group has decided to draw attention to the declining state of humanities in light of the heavy emphasis on the "hard sciences." In response to a bipartisan congressional request, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 17 announced the creation of a commission that will improve teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Senators and House representatives from four states have charged the commission with determining the top ten ...

AAAS President Calls for More Science Support for K-12 Education

Scientists must become more involved in educating the public about science and supporting K-12 students' interest in science, according to Alice S. Huang, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Obama Seeks More Aid for NSF Education Unit, While GOP Wants Less

As part of his budget plan for the National Science Foundation, the White House wants to launch a $40 million teacher-training research and development program in the STEM fields.

Obama Scales Back Budget Plans for 'Teaching and Learning' Funds

President Obama has reiterated his proposal from last year to consolidate a variety of curriculum-related programs into three broader, competitive funds, but with less money attached to each.

Through-Course Summative Assessment: Many Challenges

Researchers, testmakers, policymakers and others convene to grapple with the new challenges of test designs being proposed by the two state assessment consortia.

House GOP Seeks to Cut Aid for Literacy, STEM Education

The plan would eliminate a variety of programs at the U.S. Department of Education, including Striving Readers, Math and Science Partnerships, and Teaching American History.

STEM Roundup: Auto Racing, 'Winners Guide' to Research, California Summit

There are a number of developments in the STEM arena, including a new book to encourage high school students to conduct scientific research and take part in competitions.

Can the Federal Government Fund Curriculum Materials?

Experts question whether federal law allows the two state assessment consortia to design curricular and instructional materials.

Teacher Who Inspired KIPP Schools Dies in Houston

The renowned educator used unorthodox teaching methods that she summed up as "rap, rhythm, and rhyme."

Growing Initiative Recruits, Supports Teachers Who 'Know and Love' Math

Math for America has gradually added more sites across the country.

Bush Institute Tackles Middle School Learning

The institute will select 10-15 schools later this year to participate in the project, dubbed Middle School Matters.

Thanking a Teacher

Famed poet Nikki Giovanni reflects on her wanderings through the academic disciplines, and thanks her English teacher for the sheer freedom of reading that led her to find her place.

Banning Standards That Don't Exist

The South Dakota House education committee bans national history standards even before any exist.

Despite Obama Push, Science Fairs on Decline, Story Suggests

Participation in science fairs appears to be dropping, The New York Times reports.

Report Aims to Debunk 'Myth' About Glory Days of U.S. Achievement

The study from the Brookings Institution says the United States has never been close to number one on international math tests.

Common Tests and California's Early Assessment Program

One of the two state assessment consortia draws directly on California's EAP as a model.

What to Expect From the Revised AP U.S. History Program

The revised U.S. history program is expected to emphasize skills that enable students to "actively investigate historical events."

New NAEP in Technology, Engineering Expected in 2014

The new exam will be entirely computer-based.

Can K-12 Handle a Newfangled Career & Tech Ed.?

A Harvard report draws strong reaction for suggesting that many students are not being served by a college-prep curriculum.

Is Rote Memorization Necessarily Bad?

Experts share their perspectives on the role that rote memorization can play in learning.

Rural Graduates Earn Fewer Math Credits, Study Finds

The authors suggest that while much attention has been paid to disadvantages in math based on race and ethnicity, students in rural areas have access to fewer math courses.

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