January 2012 Archives

A bill in Indiana would require public schools that teach creationism to address origin theories from multiple religions.

Science standards in about half of the states deserve a grade of D or F, concludes a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

A legislative challenge to Indiana's adoption of the common standards fails.

President Obama proposes a $1 billion Race to the Top challenge for higher education, which would require states to ensure that high school exit standards are appropriate for college entry.

Chief academic officers gather to discuss the deep shifts in instruction required by the common standards in English/language arts.

A new GAO report finds overlap in federal STEM education programs, but suggests they are not necessarily duplicative.

Improving reading instruction was the topic du jour at a Washington forum yesterday that brought together four superintendents and an educational publisher.

The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.

A new survey of states finds that they anticipate significant technological challenges implementing tests for the common standards.

The NSF and U.S. Department of Education have recently issued grants to help improve science learning among English language learners.

Guest post by Jackie Zubrzycki Depending on whether you're using the Julian or Gregorian calendar, John Hancock either was or was not born today, National Handwriting Day. In either case, his authoritative signature's legacy lives on in debates about handwriting and cursive in schools. Should schools spend precious instructional time teaching handwriting? Should students learn cursive at all, or is it an outdated skill—and here's the Hancock link—how will they sign their names if they don't know cursive? I wrote an article about the conversation about the role of handwriting in school, prompted by a summit on handwriting...

The hunt for instructional resources for the common standards is starting to yield more results.

Efforts to improve STEM education are getting a boost from several recent announcements, including grants from the NSF and the Gates Foundation.

The study suggests that belief in the "stereotype theory" leads to neglect of other paths to help improve gender equity in mathematics achievement.

A letter of complaint from Florida's education commissioner highlights NAEP's ongoing trouble with high rates of exclusion for students learning English and those with disabilities.

A special Education Week report finds the U.S. education system striving to learn lessons from other countries.

A new study shows that state have a long way to go before they have blueprints to implement the common standards.

A new case study suggests that the English system of school inspections could be a model for states to rethink accountability.

A high-school-policy group expresses concern that states' applications for relief from No Child Left Behind could undermine graduation-rate accountability.

A 25-year veteran of educational publishing argues that curriculum is too often ignored in efforts to improve schooling, and that the process for developing and selecting curricular materials needs to change.

Even as some states get scolded for making insufficient progress on Race to the Top plans, common-core standards-and-assessment work is not the target of much federal criticism.

A new set of standards outlines the minimum that students should know about their sexuality by the time they leave high school. The lessons should start in elementary school, the creators say, and build as students age, in the same way other subjects are taught.

A national principals group has partnered with the College Board to help principals lead their schools in implementing the common standards.

One question on a math worksheet asked: 'If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

A measure just approved in New Hampshire gives parents new authority to seek alternatives to any aspect of the school curriculum they find objectionable.

Back in 2001, Sen. Santorum pushed an amendment on the teaching of evolution that was roundly criticized by educational and scientific organizations.

The two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards issue more documents that offer more details on what the tests might look like.

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