May 2011 Archives

Common-Standards Supports Eyed for Teachers

Five states are banding together to create a Web-based clearinghouse to help teachers translate the common standards into classroom work.

Gates Foundation's Role in Ed Policy: An Addendum

Observers and critics take The New York Times to task for its profile of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's influence on education policy.

New Study Sees Little Benefit for Staff Development in Math

The federally-funded study did not find a statistically significant impact on teacher knowledge or student achievement after two years in the program.

Arne Duncan: We Will Not Prescribe a National Curriculum

The chairman of the House education committee says the administration is "pushing a national curriculum," and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asserts that no such thing is happening.

School Libraries to Get 'Makeover' Courtesy of Target Corp.

The initiative comes as funding for a federal program to promote literacy through school libraries was recently eliminated.

Report Places Dollar Value on College Majors

A new study details the relative earnings potential of various college majors.

Fla. Plan to Revamp Textbook Review Alarms Some Activists

Proposed changes to state law would remove ordinary citizens from the formal process of approving textbooks.

Newspaper Notes Rise in Advocacy Work by Gates Foundation

A New York Times story profiles the rise in education-advocacy work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Common Social Studies Standards Considered

Content groups and state specialists weigh development of common social studies standards.

Scholastic Gets Heat for Materials Backed by Coal Group

In the face of criticism from advocacy groups and a New York Times editorial, the educational publisher has announced that it will no longer distribute the curricular materials.

House GOP Targets 'Wasteful' Education Programs in New Bill

The bill would eliminate programs for teaching American history, arts education, literacy, and other subjects.

Recent Brain Research Offers Insights into Math Anxiety

Mathematics anxiety can impede learning and discourage young people from pursuing careers in the STEM fields.

Computer-Adaptive Testing Poses Challenges, Expert Warns

Key challenges accompany the endeavor to move from paper-and-pencil tests to computer tests, including the need for a larger and better-designed pool of test, enough computers, and the money to pay for it all.

UPDATED: Counterpunches on Common Curriculum

Organizers of a manifesto against common standards, curriculum and tests launch another volley in the argument with those who support them.

Montana Edges Closer to Common-Standards Adoption

Montana's state superintendent of schools recommends adoption of the common standards.

The Price of a GED: A Casualty of Tough Fiscal Times?

Because states set their own prices for the GED, tight budgets could drive up the price of that exam.

Flying the 'Don't Tread On My Curriculum' Flag

Calls for common or shared curriculum for the common standards have prompted a bit of controversy about "national," "mandated," and "imposed" curriculum.

Comprehensive Literacy Bill Reintroduced

U.S. Senator Patty Murray reintroduces a comprehensive literacy bill.

White House Hosts Live Poetry Workshop Today, Reading Tonight

The White House hosts a poetry workshop and reading.

Attacks on Common Curriculum, Tests, Hit Nerve

A group led by critics of the common standards sparks debate around the blogosphere by attacking common curriculum and tests.

Conservative 'Manifesto' Blasts Shared Curriculum,Tests

Conservatives issue a manifesto arguing against a shared curriculum for the common standards.

Moving From the Common-Assessment World to US Dept of Ed

A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

Two More States Weighing Moves to Undo Common Core

South Carolina and Minnesota are considering bills to nullify or ward off adoption of the common standards.

White House Panel Calls for 'Reinvesting' in Arts Education

"This is an educational solution that has been hiding in plain sight," the executive director of the report says of arts education.

New Hampshire Weighs Bill to Undo Common-Standards Adoption

New Hampshire is weighing a measure to require the legislature's approval of academic standards.

Cornering the Market in Common-Standards Curriculum?

Last week's announcement that the Gates and Pearson foundations are teaming up to provide online curriculum for the common standards has prompted interesting new rounds of dialogue. We reported some folks' reservations in our story, but more are still ricocheting around the blogosphere. Take, for instance, a post by EdWeek opinion blogger Diane Ravitch, who cites the Gates-Pearson deal as the "outrage of the week." The comments section of Ravitch's post neatly captures key strains in the debate about developing curriculum for the common standards: resentment about the roles of corporations, big foundations, or the federal government; worry about too ...

Is Your Civics Knowledge a) Advanced, b) Proficient, c) Basic, or d) Below Basic?

Most U.S. students failed to reach the proficient level on the 2010 NAEP civics exam.

Elementary Teachers Critical to Advancing STEM Education, Report Says

The report calls the math and science competency of elementary teachers a 'blind spot' in the nation's policies to improve STEM learning.

Experts Urge California to Join Both Assessment Groups

Two Californians urge their state to keep join both testing consortia while it figures out which group's approach is best for the state.

Group Urges Testing Consortia to Report Mean Scores

A Washington research group urges the state assessment consortia to heed key design features that maximize usefulness of the data.

Maryland Chemistry Teacher Wins National Honor

The Maryland educator will attend a White House ceremony tomorrow to be honored as the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.

Alabama Teenager Wins National Poetry-Recitation Contest

An Alabama teen wins a national poetry recitation contest.

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