February 2011 Archives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The new exam will be entirely computer-based.

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

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

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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