March 2011 Archives

In addition to creating a new education center, the gift will also support efforts to provide new U.S. history and civics resources for educators based on artworks in the collection.

President Barack Obama's comments about testing students less raise questions for the consortia of states that are designing tests for the common standards.

Although overall study of foreign languages by U.S. students is up slightly, it's still far below most other nations.

The American Civil Liberties Union is firing off letters to schools that block students' access to websites about gay and lesbian rights, while allowing access to sites that advocate changing gay people's sexual orientation.

A group of California school districts joins an increasingly crowded marketplace of people developing instructional materials for the common standards.

A new study from Colorado shows that test scores as early as 6th grade can predict a student's likelihood of needing college remediation.

The action comes after officials discovered an array of errors and other problems with elementary-level history books.

The new materials available for free from the Civil War Trust seek to promote critical-thinking skills, with an emphasis on primary sources, from letters and photographs to maps.

A new report urges governors to become a force in helping their state colleges and universities respond better to workforce demands.

A host of activities pegged to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War are planned, including a student competition and a new feature from the National Park Service penned by a fictitious Civil War era correspondent.

The blogosphere hosts a lively debate about developing shared curriculum for the common standards.

Missouri drops performance tasks and essay writing from its state exams, echoing a move Maryland made in 2002. Both raise questions for the state consortia designing new tests for the common standards.

Arts group says the data shows arts education to be in the "midst of a difficult storm."

And yet, student achievement in history was deemed "good or outstanding" in the majority of schools examined, according to the report by a government watchdog.

Two new Stanford studies about work that helps students raise grades and stay in school longer raise interesting questions for high school.

Three influential Republicans in the Texas legislature are criticizing recently revised state standards for social studies, raising the specter that the standards could be revisited.

The Georgia board of education allows school districts to decide how to approach mathematics.

NASA has recently developed a set of educational videos hosted by scientists and mathematicians.

Teachers in New York City learn new ways of gauging a text's complexity, and ways to teach discipline-specific reading strategies.

The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.

The announcement comes as most federal aid for literacy at the Education Department was wiped out as part of a stopgap spending measure.

College preparation and career preparation are merging, experts say in a discussion about career readiness.

The common standards' emphasis on students' skill with complex texts and disciplinary literacy pushes teachers to rethink how they should do their jobs.

Even as federal aid for several literacy programs has been wiped away, President Obama seems more focused on math and science education.

A call for shared curriculum generates debate.

The newspaper found 1,600 examples of "anomalies" in test-score gains that experts deem statistically rare and "perhaps suspect."

A plan introduced by Senate Democrats would restore $200 million for the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program.

The minute anyone says "common curriculum," there is an instantaneous reaction in some quarters that envisions every 3rd grader in America reading from the exact same page of the exact same textbook at the exact same moment on a given Tuesday in February. Is our problem here just a semantic one?

With the development of new tests for the common standards, it will be interesting to see how states phase out or tweak their old assessment systems.

The spending plan would prevent a government shutdown, but also eliminate federal funding for Striving Readers, Even Start, and Reading Is Fundamental, among other education programs.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges literacy campaign funders to help drive administration policy on early learning, chronic absenteeism, summer learning loss, and other issues that detract from building good reading skills.


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