December 2011 Archives

Common standards, assessments and STEM education dominated the year's curriculum stories.

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk All seven states that qualified for the third round of the federal Race to the Top competition have won a share in the $200 million remaining, and all of them will be expected to address STEM fields. The question on the table is just how far these changes are going to go where STEM is concerned. Remember, states primarily will use this money to implement part of their original Race to the Top plans—which means making progress in one of the core areas of the economic-stimulus legislation, such as raising standards, improving evaluation systems,...

The U.S. Department of Education has "conditionally approved" a decision by one of the two consortia developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards to reduce the number of testing components in its plan.

Some states seeking federal waivers under No Child Left Behind would add assessments in other subjects to make accountability decisions.

An Arizona high school will soon offer two advanced diplomas with a STEM emphasis.

A new budget compromise would restore the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, but abolish or cut some other curriculum-related initiatives.

Did you know that 13 federal agencies are directly engaged with supporting STEM education?

In a recent speech to social studies educators, Secretary Duncan explored the tension between "real accountability" and promoting a "well-rounded" education.

Ohio measure would require schools to teach the "original texts" of several historical documents, including the U.S. Constitution.

Experts outline challenges to helping teachers embody formative-assessment practices.

The survey of 1,004 teenagers found that most have never considered a career in engineering, but that learning about the field could make a difference in getting them to take a closer look.

A new report finds high school testing shifting toward college-readiness. A new report, and states' No Child Left Behind waiver applications, find schools shifting to college-readiness testing.

Two-thirds of public school teachers say the intensive focus on English and math is crowding other subjects out of the classroom.

In 15 of the 37 states examined, the bar for proficiency in 8th grade science fell below the NAEP threshold for "basic."

South Carolina's state superintendent takes aim at the Green-Ribbon Schools program, suggesting that it's overly burdensome and designed to placate environmental lobbyists.

A resolution opposing the common standards advances at an organization of state lawmakers and private-sector business and think-tank organizations.

A group of experts has developed a new framework for assessing environmental literacy.

Three prominent math educators have just released a set of recommendations for providing strong professional development pegged to the common standards.

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