November 2011 Archives

Educators are keenly interested in what the new common assessments will look like, and need far more information about them than is currently available.

Unit blocks are seeing a resurgence in education circles, The New York Times reports.

With six more states joining in, more than half of states are now helping to craft a set of next-generation science standards for K-12 education.

Some states and districts are uncertain of how to translate common standards into classroom teaching without knowing what the assessments designed for those standards will look like.

The National Science Foundation recently awarded seven grants to 'transform' science learning, with another batch planned for next year.

Five outstanding high school poets will be chosen each year under the new program.

Ohio chooses an assessment approach for the common standards: it's the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The National Council of Teachers of English declines to approve a resolution opposing the common standards.

USAID and its partners are committing more than $20 million for the international literacy effort.

The National Council of Teachers of English partners with nearly two dozen groups to launch a new national literacy center that will feature collaborative cross-disciplinary literacy work at a network of schools.

The learning labs are intended to help young people move "beyond consuming content to making" it.

A workshop later this week will explore the state of teaching the social, behavioral, and economic sciences in K-12 education.

States seeking a slice of $200 million in Race to the Top aid must develop plans for improving STEM education.

The National Center on Time & Learning offers case studies of five public schools offering more time for science instruction.

The redesign of the GED by Pearson and the American Council on Education raises questions in some quarters about the partnership's profit-making motive.

National guidelines for the study of foreign languages are being revised to make explicit the links to the common-core standards, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages announced this week. The news came just days before the council hosts its annual conference, with the theme "Empowering Language Educators Through Collaboration." The Nov. 18-20 convention is in Denver this year. The council has already issued a draft document on its website showing how the existing national standards for foreign languages, issued in 1996, align with the common standards in English/language arts and mathematics. In addition, the organization is ...

Most states have made gains in testing students with disabilities and ELLs on NAEP, but many still fall short of federal inclusion targets.

The Alabama Board of Education votes against rescinding the common standards, despite a push from the state's governor.

The PARCC assessment consortium releases its revised, final content frameworks after public feedback.

Five of the applicants for a federal i3 grant identified STEM education as the "absolute priority."

Education analysts highlighted a number of issues related to the latest NAEP data, including historic gains in math and large exclusion rates in some states.

Chicago is reporting new college-readiness metrics to parents, such as schools' rates of student eligibility for "selective or highly selective" colleges. But the district isn't evaluating schools on that information yet.

Montana adopts the common standards, leaving only four states that have not officially embraced them.

Kentucky has been chosen as a demonstration site for a statewide professional-development model reflecting the new common standards.

A House subcommittee heard testimony from several witnesses about the transition to a career in STEM teaching.

More than 150 STEM education proposals are seeking a slice of federal aid in the second round of the federal Investing in Innovation program.

Curriculum consultant Grant Wiggins writes that standards actually have three parts: the content students must know, the skills they must be able to perform, and examples of how well they should be able to demonstrate their knowledge.

The report from WestEd estimates that only about 10 percent of California elementary students are regularly exposed to high-quality science instruction.

A new study finds better performance in 3rd grade reading for children who have attended preschool and half-day kindergarten than for those who attended only full-day kindergarten.

The results over time suggest big gains in math, small ones in reading.

More than half of Illinois' high schools see test scores drop as the state closes a loophole that veiled poor performance.

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