May 2012 Archives

A highly regarded STEM school in Virginia is drawing attention after changes to its admissions policy have raised questions about access vs. achievement.

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

Massachusetts plans to require high school seniors to pass a test in U.S. history to graduate, and Maryland approves a law to reinstate passage of a test in U.S. government.

A "Dear Colleague" letter from the National Science Foundation is seeking public input on a proposed $60 million initiative to improve math education.

A new guide from the federal "What Works Clearinghouse" seeks to help educators improve their students' math-problem solving skills in grades 4-8.

DoDEA, common standards

The Alabama state senate has approved a resolution encouraging the state board of education to undo its adoption of the common standards.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium has just named directors for mathematics and for the support of 'under-represented' students.

David Coleman, a chief architect of the common standards, is named president of the College Board.

A bill in New Hampshire aims to prevent schools from using the International Baccalaureate program.

The College Board names chief common-standards writer David Coleman as its next president.

High school students from across the country vie for the title of National Poetry Out Loud champion tonight.

A new art exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education seeks to highlight the work art museums are doing with local schools.

The set of 'next generation' science standards being developed have a lot of fingerprints, from state officials to local educators and prominent science experts.

Science education is likely to be the topic of plenty of discussion— and probably some heated rhetoric—in coming days, as the first public draft of a set of "next generation" science standards was released today. The ambitious effort—involving 26 states, plus a variety of educators and experts—seeks to refocus K-12 science instruction across the nation with a special focus on ensuring that students apply their knowledge of key concepts through scientific inquiry and engineering design to deepen their understanding. You can check out the EdWeek story here. I'll be sure to provide updates and further analysis...

Comedian Bill Cosby tells 2012 graduates of Temple University to quit bellyaching and get a job.

One of the influential voices in shaping the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts was Barbara Kapinus, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. She retired from that post early last month. But now she's taking a lead role in guiding the creation of the tests being designed for the new standards. Kapinus has been named the English/language arts director of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, officials disclosed today. Announcement of a parallel director in mathematics is expected to come soon. SMARTER Balanced isn't the only consortium to be drawing on Kapinus' expertise. The other ...

Relatively few U.S. students scored at the 'advanced' level in science on the latest round of NAEP results.

A group of universities, community colleges, and school districts have just announced plans to work together to revamp secondary math teacher preparation to better align with the common standards.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium finalizes its plan to create a bank of online resources for teachers.

A conference to explore the potential of technology-enhanced assessments yields a landscape of promise and challenges.

The first draft of a set of 'next generation' science standards will be released for public comment this week.

Participating schools will be part of a pilot program aimed at measuring how their students compare with their global peers.

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its membership in one of the assessment consortia from "governing" to "advisory." Governing states have voting power on key policy and design questions. They also are committed to using the tests when they are ready in 2014-15. Advisory states can sit in on discussions, but have no voting power and do ...

A civil rights coalition has scheduled a meeting with top GED officials to discuss its concerns that a redesign of the test will make it more expensive, and thus less accessible, for the low-income people who most need to take it.

A new research paper offers a defense of the Common Core State Standards, suggesting that they are world class and hold considerable promise to help improve student achievement.

Minnesota lawmakers have passed a measure that would require a legislative nod before the commissioner of education approves academic standards.

Teachers College has created a high school curriculum on the federal budget, arguing that young people should understand the process in order to informed, engaged citizens.

The new campaign comes as access to theater instruction in the elementary grades has sharply declined at the elementary level.

The National Research Council is planning to craft a framework to guide the development of new assessments aligned to a set of common, 'next generation' science standards.

The publishers' criteria in English/language arts, potentially powerful influences on how curriculum and instruction take shape for the new common standards, have been revised to address criticism and questions.


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