June 2011 Archives

UPDATED: Common-Assessment Group Cuts Back on Testing

A state consortium designing tests for the common standards cuts back on the number of tests in its design.

New Tests Should Reflect Innovation, Reformers Argue

In an open letter, a group of education-technology leaders presses the two state assessment consortia to produce innovative tests that take full advantage of new styles of learning made possible by technology.

Educators Don't Understand Common Standards, Boards Told

Most educators still don't understand the difference between their own state standards and the common standards, an expert tells Southern state board members

Sparking STEM Interest Is Key to Earning Degree, Study Says

The researchers say a policy focus on getting more high schoolers to take advanced STEM courses may not be the best approach.

States and Cities Take Early Steps Toward 3rd Grade Reading

A new crop of state laws and local initiatives seeks to build a strong early-childhood basis to lead to 3rd grade reading proficiency.

High Court Spotlights Violence in School Reading Lists

Justice Scalia notes that high school reading lists feature plenty of literary depictions of violence, from Homer to Dante.

Transition to Online Assessment Sparks Collective 'Roadmap'

A publisher's online guide to computer-based testing has grown with input from states.

STEM Education Advocates Outline Ideas for Revising ESEA

The STEM Education Coalition says the role of science in federal accountability measures should be elevated.

Amid Cuts to School Libraries, ALA Honors Top Programs

The American Library Association today is honoring three school-library programs at its conference in New Orleans.

Economy Needs College-Educated Workers, Report Says

A new study says the U.S. economy needs to boost the number of college-educated workers by 20 million in the next 14 years.

Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Fight for Status of Math, Reading

Advocacy groups press for equal footing for sciences, arts and the social sciences.

Taking on the Research on Standardized Testing

A new website explores both sides of the research about standardized testing.

Study: The Promise of Free Tuition Boosts Student Motivation

A study of the Kalamazoo Promise finds that offering free college tuition to students gives them the incentive to work harder and aim for college.

A National First: Maryland Students Must Be 'Green' to Graduate

Maryland becomes the first state in the country to require that students be environmentally literate in order to graduate from high school.

Distinguishing 'Trouble with Math' From a Math Disability

A new study sheds light on the distinction between a math learning disability and simply having difficulty learning math.

Principals: A Forgotten Link in the Common Core?

The new executive director of the NASSP has placed a high priority on preparing principals for the common standards.

NSF Grant to Promote Improved Geographic Literacy

The $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation is designed to create a road map for improving student knowledge of geography.

AFT Calls for Curriculum Choices for Common Standards

The AFT advocates multiple curricula for the common standards.

The New York Times Sees Opportunity in Common Standards

The New York Times sees a business opportunity in the common standards.

Philosophy: Not Just for the Ivory Tower Anymore?

A June 28-29 conference at Teachers College will explore such themes as "metaphysics in the classroom."

Black, Hispanic 4th Graders See Big History Gains Since 1994

Black and Hispanic 4th graders have made sizable gains in history achievement since 1994, though the change may be explained by improved literacy.

Common-Standards Watch: North Dakota Makes 46

North Dakota becomes the 46th to adopt the common standards.

Could NCLB Waivers Affect Common Standards, Tests?

The U.S. Department of Education's announcement that it will grant waivers to NCLB requirements could raise questions for states helping design common assessments.

High School Advocates Push Interests in ESEA Renewal

A coalition of minority groups pushes for key high-school-improvement measures to be included in a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Coalition Aims to Revise Voluntary National Arts Standards

The national coalition intends to have the voluntary standards completed by the fall of 2012.

California Takes Sides in Assessment Development Work

California drops out of one assessment consortium and joins another, as states work to design tests for the common standards.

Eavesdrop as Teachers Score AP Essays

A College Board official tweets interesting tidbits from the annual AP Readings.

Obama Urges Preparation for Manufacturing Careers

President Barack Obama unveils a group of new initiatives aimed at getting more young people prepared and certified for good jobs in manufacturing.

New EdWeek Report Sees High School Graduation Rate Rising

Education Week's annual "Diplomas Count" report explores trends in high school graduation rates, and after-high-school pathways other than a university degree.

N.C. Lawmakers Call for Study of Nation's Founding Concepts

The bill championed by Republican lawmakers was approved by a House panel today.

States Submit Plans for Testing ELLs on Common Standards

The two groups of states, one led by California and the other by Wisconsin, are pursuing $10.7 million in federal aid to create exams on English-language proficiency.

NRC Study Raises Questions About Test-Based Incentives

The National Research Council says the academic benefits of test-based incentive programs have been "quite small."

Budget Pact Cuts Aid for Teaching Foreign Languages

Federal aid to help promote the teaching of foreign languages was reduced as part of a recent budget deal in Washington.

Can You Repeat That? National S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee Begins

The 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is taking place just outside Washington this week.

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