June 2011 Archives

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The AFT advocates multiple curricula for the common standards.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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