April 2012 Archives

The Colorado board of education opposes proposed legislation that would make it commit to one of the consortia that are designing tests for the common standards.

Some states have signaled plans to factor additional subjects, such as science and social studies, into revised accountability systems.

Education Week is hosting two webinars next week that show participants how educators are implementing the common standards in English/language arts.

The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced a series of grants, many of which will help fuel arts education in schools and communities.

The Obama administration has taken some steps recently to highlight the importance of environmental literacy, but is also proposing budget cuts in this same area.

The Common Core State Standards have sparked a debate over the role of prereading in literacy instruction.

The two consortia of states designing tests for the common standards offer initial guidance on the technology specifications necessary to use the new systems.

Separate studies in California and Charlotte, N.C., find that placing struggling math students into algebra in middle school reduced the likelihood that they will take and pass higher-level math courses later on.

A special Education Week report examines the potential and challenges as states begin to implement the Common Core State Standards.

The Turnaround Arts initiative will provide resources to low-performing schools to develop arts education programs as a means of raising student achievement.

The Texas state board unanimously approved new math standards this week that had attracted considerable criticism.

One of the state assessment consortia changes its plans to design sample instructional units.

The Texas State Board of Education is expected to vote this week on the proposed new standards for mathematics.

The head of the chief state school officers' group calls on states to revamp their teacher and principal preparation to match the demands of the common standards.

The Texas State Board of Education is planning to take up a set of proposed new math standards today, but that document is encountering some sharp criticism.

A new study finds little difference between the quality of essay-scoring from software programs when compared with trained human scorers.

A New Jersey middle school principal who caused a stir when he declared that his school was a "no-hugging" school resigns.

The chief of Pearson's K-12 work reflects on common-core-aligned materials and other issues.

The Texas Association of Business suggests that "major revisions" are needed to a set of proposed standards in math.

Tennessee's governor declined to sign the measure, saying that "good legislation should bring clarity and not confusion."

The Brookings Institution calls for better research on the effectiveness of instructional materials, noting that they can have as big an impact on student achievement as effective teaching.

A winner has been determined in the Nevada Science Olympiad, but that team will not represent the state in the national competition.

A bill designed to unravel the common standards in South Carolina has stalled in the state senate.

One of the consortia designing tests for the common standards decides to make higher-education representatives voting members, reflecting the push to ensure that colleges and universities accept the test as an indicator of college readiness.

In a new issue brief, the NGA urges governors to build informal science learning into their agenda to advance STEM education.

Disadvantaged young people who get high exposure to the arts show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their peers who lack such arts opportunities.

New national data do not bear out the oft-expressed claim that the arts have been squeezed out of the classroom in recent years.


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