March 2012 Archives

Only about 3 percent of voters surveyed gave their local schools an "A" grade for the quality of science instruction.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledges that federal advocacy of the common standards can create problems in building support for them.

Arts education advocates suggest that Title I is a largely untapped resource for boosting student achievement through the arts.

Kentucky decides to throw its weight toward the common-standards tests being designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Nearly a month after the conclusion of the Nevada Science Olympiad, Centennial High School and Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas are embroiled in an even more hotly contested battle to represent their state at the National Science Olympiad this May.

Leading scientists argue that the Tennessee bill would undermine the teaching of evolution in schools, and is likely to spark a legal challenge if signed by the governor.

A group that seeks to expose the 'multiple threats posed by radical Islam' charges that leading U.S. textbooks give a biased portrayal of the religion.

A New Jersey school district scrambles to clarify the meaning of a no-hugging directive issued by a middle school principal.

The Anchorage School District adopts the common core standards, even though its state has declined to do so.

Teachers and others share a variety of views on the common standards.

Only about 14 percent of middle school teachers surveyed use a pattern of instruction that regularly engages students in the "practices of science."

The commitment of up to $4.8 million over four years is intended to help the Lancaster district become a model in the state.

At a panel discussion last week, experts argued for giving ample classroom time and attention to history, science, and the arts.

Teachers nationwide are working toward being prepared for the common standards, but there is still a lot of work to do.

Although most teachers know about the common standards, many do not feel fully prepared yet to teach them, a new survey finds.

The Mass Math + Science Initiative is showing promise in getting more minority students to take, and pass, AP exams.

Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer publish a print edition as the editors finalize a transition to digital formats that began decades ago.

The governing board for NAEP is exploring changes to expand and make far greater use of the background information collected when NAEP is administered.

The guidelines follow the release last year of a report saying a majority of states deserved an F for their standards on teaching civil rights history.

A small study in New York City shows that young students using a content-heavy literacy program by the Core Knowledge Foundation scored better on reading, social studies and science tests than did their peers in other literacy programs.

A resolution urging the state board of education to reconsider its adoption of the common standards dies without action by one chamber of the state legislature.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes to Utah schools chief Larry Shumway, asserting the state's control over its academic standards.

About 22 percent of teachers say arts and music programs have been cut over the past year, a new survey shows.

All those school groups making the pilgrimage to Washington this spring will have a chance to experience hands-on math learning through an exhibit opening this weekend at the Smithsonian International Gallery. MathAlive! is designed to explore the math behind activities such as video games, sports, robotics, music, and even fashion. The primary target audience is middle school students. Although math is the main focus, visitors will also get a dose of the other disciplines in the popular STEM acronym, namely science, technology, and engineering. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit, sponsored by Raytheon Co., is being housed in the Smithsonian Castle. After ...

New survey results seek to probe students' learning preferences and habits, with an emphasis on mathematics.

Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont is proposing to require all students to take Algebra I and geometry before graduating high school.

The South Carolina senate approves a bill asking the state board of education to reconsider its adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

Two organizations create a framework for states to use in thinking through their common-standards implementation plans.

The College Board has just announced plans to pilot two new AP courses that aim to foster students' independent research skills.

The information collected from more nearly 7,000 school districts suggests that schools with high concentrations of black and Hispanic students have less access to high-level STEM courses.

Reverberations continue from common-standards opposition in South Carolina and Utah.

A measure to retain a federal mandate for science testing did not get its day in committee this week.

Bills questioning the common standards progress through the Utah and South Carolina legislatures.


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