September 2011 Archives

Up to 50 schools will be named Green Ribbon Schools in 2012. One of the criteria focuses on ensuring students are environmentally literate.

Commentators and scholars air views on the common standards in math, and critique two groups' content frameworks and test specifications.

"Flipping the Classroom" has generated intense interest.

The draft plan from House Republicans would eliminate federal funding for a variety of education programs, including support for STEM education, arts education, and teaching U.S. history.

The U.S. Department of Education will closely evaluate states' plans to adopt college- and career-ready academic standards and tests.

The education chief in Iowa faces an ethics review for a trip to Brazil that was indirectly funded by the Pearson Foundation.

Although most states received a failing grade, Alabama, Florida, and New York earned an 'A' in the new study.

U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time has sought to identify the best public high schools for learning science and math.

The PBS program offers a curricular focus on STEM education in its 42nd season.

A key Senate committee this week approved legislation that would attempt to restore federal funding for literacy programs that was essentially wiped out in fiscal 2011. For the big picture, check out my colleague Alyson Klein's post over at Politics K-12. The bill was approved this week on a party-line vote of 16-14 by the Senate Appropriations Committee, with all Republicans opposed. Total discretionary funding for the Department of Education, at $68 billion, would stay about the same as in fiscal 2011, which ends Sept. 30. The most notable development on the literacy front is that the Senate panel would ...

If states want waivers from key NCLB provisions, the Education Department will require them to report annually on their students' and schools' college-going and college-credit-accumulation rates.

A new report from the University of Chicago takes a close look at teaching artists in schools, suggesting they hold great potential to enhance arts education and learning more broadly.

A New York City teacher sees common-standards opportunities in the Republican debates.

Francisco Nunez has "elevated the youth chorus to the ranks of serious contemporary music," the MacArthur Foundation says.

The needs of high-achieving students could be getting short shrift in schools, a new study and essay argue.

New Mexico joins the PARCC assessment consortium, continuing the shakeout of test designs that states are choosing for the common standards.

The 20 participating states span the country, from California and Arizona to Michigan and Maryland.

The new report from several civics-education groups suggests that schools play a key role in strengthening U.S. democracy.

A research and advocacy group for afterschool programs takes a look at research on the potential benefits for such programs that focus on STEM activities.

The Pearson Foundation has been financing trips abroad for education commissioners, the New York Times reports.

The Nashville school system is rethinking music education, with new classes in songwriting and composition as well rock and hip-hop performance.

State lawmakers in Wyoming consider challenging the state's adoption of common core standards, but take no immediate action.

Maine's education commissioner announced this week that the state will be among those to play a lead role in developing new science standards. Kansas officials say their state is "likely" on the list.

A California math-standards expert duels with the authors of a study that found college instructors see the common standards as solid preparation for first-year college courses.

A new wave of STEM schools are cropping up around the country, with an emphasis on serving student populations underrepresented in the STEM fields.

From guest blogger Nora Fleming Student writing skills can be improved in the classroom by having teachers provide students regular feedback, track their progress, and encourage them to evaluate their own skills, finds a new report from the Carnegie Corporation of New Yorkreleased today. "Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment" examines whether formative assessment can improve students' writing skills and what techniques are best to help them improve. The research was published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group based in Washington that supports college readiness for high school students. The report draws on earlier findings from "Writing...

The latest SAT scores show a decline in all areas, but the College Board says four in 10 of those taking the test meet its definition of "college ready."

The ASCD beefs up its staff to support professional development for the common standards.

The new grant will help expand a computer science initiative overseen by two San Diego universities.

Preschoolers experience a drop in their executive brain function immediately after watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," a new study finds.

Professional groups team up to offer help transitioning to the common standards.

A retired teacher who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is remembered in a video tribute.

A new study from two professors with expertise in teaching the social studies examine how textbooks and state standards handle the 9/11 attacks and related issues.

The teaching of Arabic in U.S. schools, while still relatively rare, has grown significantly since the 9/11 attacks.

In honor of International Literacy Day, the International Reading Association calls attention to the traits of good teacher preparation.

The report from the Albert Shanker Institute examined four U.S. history textbooks that hold a large share of the market, and perceive an anti-labor bias.

Six states win $180 million in funding for comprehensive literacy grants.

New York City's day of common-standards training for all teachers echoes what teachers across the United States will be learning this year as the new guidelines reach classrooms.

Secretary Duncan today named five new members to the National Assessment Governing Board, including the superintendent of the Baltimore district and Kentucky's commissioner.

Educators crave instructional resources for the common standards.

The revised standards for psychology come at a time of growing interest in the subject among high schoolers.

The U.S. Department of Education, as well as many others, have been making available resources to help educators teach about 9/11.

Some observers say that 9/11 gets little or no mention in most social studies classrooms.

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