October 2011 Archives

An offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement takes over New York City's department of education, shutting down an education panel meeting about the common standards.

Chicago will begin evaluating high schools in part on college-readiness metrics.

New York City is collecting college-readiness data that could lower the grades assigned to many of its high schools, but the information won't be included on school report cards until next year.

Robert Rothman from the Alliance for Excellent Education has authored a primer on the common standards that also looks at the challenges ahead.

The statewide public awareness campaign will feature individuals in STEM-related careers, including a statistician for the Red Sox and an oceanographer.

The National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences are co-hosting a meeting next week to launch the initiative on teaching evolution.

The new awards program recognizes teachers who excel in teaching environmental education and use it as a context for broader learning.

More than 80 cities and counties across the country have joined an initiative aimed at making all children proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade.

The new project aims to bring together higher education, secondary schools, and outside groups to ensure new math teachers are prepared to bring the common standards into the classroom.

Gov. Rick Scott suggests Florida doesn't need any more anthropology majors.

Three of those intending to seek waivers from No Child Left Behind have not adopted common standards or signed up to work on common tests, two key areas of judgment in the waiver process.

Activities at school beyond the classroom like sports, drama club, yearbook, and jazz band are worth protecting in tight fiscal times, contends a new article published in Education Next online today. "There's not a straight line between the crochet club and the Ivy League," writes former Wall Street Journal education reporter June Kronholz, a contributing editor to the education journal. "But a growing body of research says there is a link between after-school activities and graduating from high school, going to college, and becoming a responsible citizen." The article, "Academic Value of Non-Academics: The Case for Keeping Extracurriculars," points to ...

A new bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes major programs for STEM education and comprehensive literacy.

A draft bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind requires high schools to report on how many of their students go to college and how many must take remedial classes.

Some activists are worried that a new draft NCLB reauthorization will lack the teeth to hold schools accountable for improvement.

The coalition is seeking 10 experts each in the areas of dance, theater, visual arts, and music.

States are under increasing pressure to report their high schools' college-going rates.

The $1 million grant will help set up new professional development centers in three cities.

Students have until Nov. 11 to come up with names for the two robotic spacecraft orbiting the moon.

A new study of state tests scores finds that gains are slower at the high school level than at the 4th or 8th grade levels.

The analysis suggests engineering and technology may be given undue prominence in the framework for new science standards.

Scholars, wonks and educators debate the best ways to respond to the wide range of students' academic skills.

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