August 2011 Archives

Most recent high school graduates say they wished they had taken tougher courses in high school to be better prepared for college.

A group of states designing tests for the common standards releases a document outlining the "evidence of learning" students should have to demonstrate to show mastery of the common standards in math.

The grant to Western Washington University will seek to gauge the program's impact on teaching of science in the elementary grades.

Education Week hosts a webinar that examines two districts' approaches to implementing the common standards.

The "learning styles" theory of how children learn gets another round of debunking.

The College Board has issued two new reports that aim to inform a revised set of national standards for the arts.

The first study to explore college instructors' views of the common standards finds support for their role in college readiness, but leaves key areas unexplored.

Education Week will be hosting a webinar on Aug. 30 that will feature two school districts' approaches to implementing the common standards.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium delays the release of its math content specifications.

The authors envision a curriculum in which algebra, geometry, and calculus would be replaced with the study of finance, data, and basic engineering.

An organization of urban school districts gets philanthropic support to help eight large districts put the common standards into practice.

The study finds that students from the 2011 graduating class lagged their peers in many other nations.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan clarifies that states do not have to adopt the Common Core State Standards in order to qualify for No Child Left Behind waivers.

One of the two state assessment consortia extends its public comment period for draft content frameworks.

ACT's annual score report attempts to link scores on the college-entrance exam to career readiness.

Indications are mounting that states seeking a waiver from NCLB requirements will not have to adopt the common standards that were spearheaded by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.

The Texas Instruments Foundation is providing a grant of $413,000 to expand the High-Tech High Heels program for educating girls in the STEM fields.

Experts caution the assessment consortia about making tests accessible to special-needs students, and designing a successful system that has multiple, varying goals.

Unlike most efforts to improve instruction in the STEM subjects, the initiative at St. Catherine University targets elementary teachers.

Common standards—or some kind of college- and career-ready standards—will play a pivotal role in states' chances to get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

One of the two assessment consortia releases a document that edges closer to offering a picture of what mastering the common standards should look like.

A conservative Arizona think tank sponsored the effort to promote model state legislation designed to complicate adoption or implementation of the common standards.

Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush helped quash a move to create a model legislative package for state lawmakers to inhibit adoption and implementation of the common standards.

A federal official responds to questions about NAEP results in light of widespread cheating in Atlanta on state tests.

One of the common assessment consortia issues a request for proposals that details the requirements necessary to write its test items.

The state has been a battleground for teaching about evolution, but the new standards are expected to be firmly grounded in the evolutionary theory.

One of the two groups of states designing test for the common standards issues draft "content frameworks" for public comment.

Women today represent about one-quarter of the STEM workforce, a figure unchanged from 2000, the report concludes.

A Minnesota bill complicating implementation of the common standards was vetoed by the governor.

North Carolina recently updated its standards in science, so does not plan to adopt the upcoming national standards, a top state official explains.

The educational publisher faced sharp criticism recently for providing classroom materials on energy issues sponsored by the coal industry.


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