The South Carolina legislature has just adopted a budget measure that expressly prohibits the state from using funds to participate in, implement, adopt, or promote the common science standards.
June 2012 Archives
Although some recent data show boys outpace girls in science achievement, a new NAEP study suggests girls have an edge when it comes to applying that learning in a hands-on setting.
The NSTA and a Washington think tank are raising concerns about key elements of draft science standards 26 states are helping to craft.
An EdWeek webinar will explore principals' role in implementing the common standards.
Are new ways of gauging text complexity too complex?
A collection of statewide STEM education networks have formed a new coalition to promote STEM policies and practices.
Far more Washington insiders think the PARCC assessment consortium is "on the right track" than is the other testing group, Smarter Balanced, but both group's ratings are improving.
A new website tracks state legislation related to the Common Core State Standards.
Rhode Island has developed a blueprint to ensure that students learn a foreign language.
A state testing consortium is inviting public comment on two documents that aim to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
Ohio's governor has signed a new law that ties promotion of 3rd graders to their performance on a 3rd grade reading test.
Defining career readiness hasn't been discussed as much by the common standards assessment consortia as has college readiness.
School districts with a combined annual purchasing power of $2 billion band together to demand instructional materials from publishers that reflect the common standards.
Alaska reportedly is inquiring about joining an assessment consortium, although federal rules require a state to have adopted the common standards.
Students in Highlands County, Fla., could do animal dissections virtually if the district adopts a proposal to abandon the use of real specimens in science classes.
An organization of state directors of career and technical education has released a set of common standards in that subject.
We've written in this blog and in EdWeek about teachers' often frustrating search for instructional materials that reflect the common standards. There is more and more stuff out there, of course, but finding it and figuring out how good it is are big challenges. In that light, it's interesting to note that the American Federation of Teachers has unveiled a new website that offers lesson plans and other curricular resources. My colleague Stephen Sawchuk has the details for you over at Teacher Beat. The website, "Share My Lesson," is being populated by teachers, who are uploading materials they think might ...
A website helps students track the child slave labor used to produce things they own.
A professional development group has won a $4.3 million contract to train teachers as leaders in the PARCC assessment system.
Unless you've been napping for the last few years, you know that the college agenda is casting a huge shadow over the education policy landscape, with lots of ruminating about preparation, access, success, and completion. Onto that landscape comes a new report that certificates—not associate degrees, and not bachelor's degrees—are the fastest-growing type of postsecondary credential in the United States. Not only are they affordable and typically much quicker to get than two- or four-year degrees, they can be a steppingstone to higher degrees and can "often" yield nice financial returns, according to the Georgetown Center on Education...
The leader of one of the groups that drove the common-standards initiative steps down.
A forthcoming book finds that U.S. classrooms are providing unequal access to math and science content, suggesting it's not simply an issue that places low-income and minority students at a disadvantage, but that the variations exist for students of all backgrounds. In fact, the two authors found the widest differences among schools that serve middle-class families. "The data presented in this book strongly suggest that educational inequalities pose a risk to every child," write co-authors William Schmidt, an education professor at Michigan State University, and Curtis McKnight, a professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. "Variation in content coverage ...
Recent data point to an achievement gap in STEM based on gender in the United States, as seen in results from the Advanced Placement program, NAEP, and international tests.
The new education leader of the National Governors Association sees the organization's role as helping governors build the support they need to implement the changes necessary on many fronts to make the common core a success.
McGraw-Hill has named a new leader for its educational division, which soon will become a separate company.
Education Week's annual Diplomas Count report finds the U.S. high school graduation rate at the highest level since the late 1970s, driven in large part by gains among Latino students.
Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is full of challenges. We've written a lot here about the two consortia that are designing tests for the common standards, and the target population for those tests includes some students with disabilities. But as Nirvi reminds us, two additional consortia are working on tests for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. All four ...
An advocacy coalition argues that the first draft of common science standards gives short shrift to computer science education.
The ACLU is calling on some school districts to halt their use of single-sex classrooms, suggesting the programs may be violating state and federal laws.