April 2011 Archives

One high school student will be crowned poetry champion tonight, in an annual event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The researchers suggest that less opportunity to learn challenging math corresponds to lower student achievement.

The Gates and Pearson Foundations announce plans to create complete online curricula in math and English for the common standards.

A Wisconsin law enacted in 2009 calls on public schools to teach the history of organized labor and collective bargaining.

A math expert criticizes textbook publishers for representing that their materials reflect the common standards.

The new program will recognize schools that demonstrate excellence in environmental sustainability as well as teaching environmental literacy.

The Museum of Mathematics, which recently received a $2 million grant from Google, is set to open next year in 2012.

Texas considers legislation to forbid the adoption of common standards or tests.

A Washington think tank recommends that Congress tie federal Title I money to adoption of the common standards, or equally rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

Three school districts are starting a pilot to implement the common core standards.

The Harvard blog will include writings from a variety of experts, and build toward a May 19-20 meeting on global education.

A bill advances in Tennessee that would bar teachers from mentioning gay sexuality to students.

The new reports provide state-by-state data on STEM learning, and suggest that many states may have set the bar too low.

A high school improvement group pushes for federal law to incorporate a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urges the career and technical education community to upgrade offerings as federal funding for such programs tightens.

Experts caution the two assessment consortia to attend to technological-capacity issues in states and districts.

The grants will support a handful of museums in their efforts to educate and inspire the public.

New Jersey and Oklahoma drop the SMARTER Balanced Consortium and work exclusively with PARCC.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer uses a branding iron to veto a sex-education bill.

The bipartisan budget compromise would eliminate the $250 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, and impose big cuts to the $119 million Teaching American History grants program.

A new study from NAEP shows the key roles that math and science play in students' high school coursework.

The anniversary of the Civil War stands as a prime opportunity to help U.S. students better understand the conflict.

Pearson solicits help in brainstorming about the best ways for states to transition to online testing.

The study finds that 3rd graders who can't read on grade level have a much higher chance of not graduating from high school on time.

The House bill seeks to protect teachers who help students analyze the "strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories, including evolution and global warming.

Washington pundits engage in another round of argument about the common standards.

A new website from a prominent scientific body probes the concepts students know and those where they have misconceptions.

The closure of the federal government may well coincide with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Reading guru Kelly Gallagher argues that it's crucial to nurture children's passion for reading.

A couple of midweek standards-and-curriculum tidbits for you: Those of you who are intrigued by the fuzzy conversations about curriculum for the common standards might appreciate this rumination on the situation by Patrick Riccards over at the Eduflack blog. He asks some questions about the line between standards and curriculum, and takes us to ASCDEdge, which poses a series of questions sparked by our story on what people mean when they talk about "curriculum" for the common standards. And in California, some are saying that the common core adoption could lead to more textbook choices. But when? Just the other ...

The $119 million program could be a casualty of the push to cut federal spending.

Well, common-standards devotees, you haven't had much news for a while. But here is an update for you: Maine has joined the pack. With the signature of Gov. Paul LePage last Friday, Maine has officially adopted the standards. That means that 44 states and the District of Columbia have now adopted the standards. Those of you who love our little common-standards map now have to take a calming breath. Because here, at long last, once again, it is:...

Three upcoming conferences will examine how the arts can be tapped to strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity.


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