July 2011 Archives

Report: States Should Be Required to Test 'Deeper Learning'

The Alliance for Excellent Education also says the federal government should provide ongoing financial support for such assessments.

Common-Standards Roundup: Road Trip, Gates Grant, More Debate

Maryland is offering training for teachers to implement the standards. The Gates Foundation has issued a grant to the National Writing Project.

STEM Teacher Fellowship Program Building Steam

The program provides intensive teacher preparation for people with STEM expertise, with a heavy emphasis on clinical experiences in the classroom

Foes of New Calif. Law on Teaching Gay History Seek Repeal

The groups opposed to the new law must gather more than 500,000 signatures to get a repeal measure on the ballot.

Social, Behavioral Sciences Left Out of Standards Blueprint

Although the science framework does not cover the behavioral and social sciences, the NRC is hosting a workshop on those areas this fall.

Curriculum Maps Aim to Help Bring ELA Standards to Life

The maps are designed to be closely aligned with the new English/language arts standards.

Hundreds of STEM Plans Expected to Vie for i3 Grants

STEM education was added as an "absolute priority" in the second round of the federal i3 program.

Advocates Lament Computer Science Gap in Standards Push

Advocates for computer science complain that a new framework for science standards fails to include a significant focus on the subject.

Proficiency in Social Studies Eludes Most U.S. Students

Recent NAEP results in civics, geography, and U.S. history show that most students lack proficiency in those subjects.

Common-Standards Watch: Washington Makes it Official

Washington state finalizes its adoption of the common standards.

NRC Framework Sets Stage for New Science Standards

A final set of standards informed by the NRC framework is expected out next year.

Transitioning to Large-Scale Online Assessment

An association of state education-technology directors offers guidance about transitioning to large-scale online assessment.

Grabbing the Spotlight for High School Dropout Recovery

A new brief from the National Governors Association details state policies that can enhance dropout-recovery efforts, and includes examples of states' work on the issue.

California Governor Signs Mandate on Teaching Gay History

The law adds LGBT students to the list of groups whose roles and contributions must be "accurately portrayed" in social studies class.

Framework for New Science Standards Coming Next Week

The framework will inform work by the nonprofit Achieve and states to develop a set of "next generation" science standards.

Research Identifies Key Early Math Skills for Later Learning

The longitudinal study from the University of Missouri points to the importance of understanding numbers and low-level arithmetic.

AFT Awards Grants for Common-Standards Work

The AFT's Innovation Fund awards grants to support implementation of common core standards.

A Farewell to Cursive? Indiana Ends Requirement

The action in Indiana comes as the common-core standards do not include the teaching of cursive.

STEM Education Happenings This Week

Several events planned for this week examine various aspects of STEM education.

Aligning Early Childhood Learning with Elementary Education

A new report calls for policies that would help align early childhood learning with elementary school, even as some experts worry that federal policy will push inappropriate testing into preschool.

National Summit to Promote Role of Imagination in Schools

The Imagination Summit later this month will bring together experts in a variety of areas, including education, business, science, and the arts.

Guiding Publishers on Curriculum for the Common Standards

New documents from the writers of the common standards seek to guide publishers in developing curriculum for the common standards in English/language arts.

Illinois Eliminates Writing Exam to Save Money

Last year, the state cut out similar writing tests for students in the elementary and middle grades.

Calif. Bill on Teaching Gay History Clears Another Hurdle

The bill would add LGBT students to the list of groups whose roles and contributions must be "accurately portrayed" in social studies courses.

Contest Rewards Innovative Partnerships for STEM Learning

Supporters of the STEM contest include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Google, and Exxon Mobil Foundation.

Testing Coming to a Pre-K Near You?

The new Race to the Top challenge presses states to come up with ways to gauge the quality of their early-childhood programs, and develop standards and assessments to check the youngest students' progress.

New Coalition Promotes Recruitment of STEM Teachers

The coalition brings together a variety of organizations and institutions to promote President Obama's goal of recruiting 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.

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