August 2012 Archives

The common core standards are dividing the GOP, EdWeek reports from the Republican convention.

There's nothing like a presidential campaign to help generate interest among young people in civics and participatory democracy. And so the timing seems good for a new civic-learning initiative being rolled out this year in the Chicago school district, with support from several private foundations. The Global Citizenship Initiative will provide a yearlong civic-learning curriculum to seniors in a set of 15 pilot schools, with plans to expand in the future. The initiative includes three dimensions: a one-semester civic-literacy course, civic action and service learning; and student leadership, according to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which is providing $250,000 ...

The Kennedy Center will work with a local arts team in Iowa City to help develop a plan to expand and improve arts education.

Blame and credit for the common standards punctuates presidential campaigning, raising questions of fact and perception on both sides.

The criteria for recognizing programs include targeting a compelling need and offering STEM content that is challenging and relevant to young people.

America's small set of selective public high schools get a closer look in a new book, which examines what these schools have to offer and whether more should be created to serve the nation's academic high-flyers.

An annual poll of Americans' views on public education finds divided support for the common standards.

The private grants in Washington state will support a variety of initiatives to improve STEM learning.

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards released a flurry of sample items that offer an idea of what the tests might look like.

The board will have four new members, including two scholars, a school board member, and the CEO of a Chicago foundation. Two current members, including Georgia's former GOP governor, will serve second terms.

Climate-change education in schools and communities is getting a boost from a new set of grants from the National Science Foundation.

The high-profile organization best known for its free math videos is now offering a new platform focused on computer science education.

A project to design common-core-aligned questions for the nation's most popular basal readers makes all of its resources available for free online.

New research confirms the value of using readability formulas such as Lexile to predict reading difficulty. But that represents only one of three factors common-standards creators suggest be considered when sizing up a text's complexity.

Across about 2,000 U.S. high schools most likely to succeed based on demographics, a new study finds strikingly wide variation in the share of top-achieving math students produced.

Sample items drafted by two state consortia offer an early idea of what kinds of items will be included in the common assessments.

The Coeur d'Alene school board in Idaho has voted to remove the IB diploma program from a local high school, citing the cost and other concerns.

Colorado decides to commit to the PARCC consortium for common assessments.

From guest blogger Gina Cairney STEM advocates are always looking for novel ways to entice more girls and women into science, technology, engineering, and math. That's why a group of women in Durham, N.C., host fundraisers that benefit women and girls. But they're not your run-of-the-mill fundraisers.

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."

Utah votes to withdraw from its common-assessment consortium.

A new study finds that Chicago's algebra-for-all policy took a toll on high-achieving students, and that the main reason was a shift to mixed-ability grouping of students.

A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.

Two flashpoints for debate in education circles are vouchers and teaching creationism. Well, today I've found a way to combine them in one blog post. The Associated Press is reporting that some Louisiana private schools participating in the state's new voucher program reject evolution and instead teach creationism. The story says that several religious schools that will enroll children with support from state-subsidized vouchers have touted their creationist views. Louisiana state Superintendent John White told the Associated Press that all voucher students must take the state's science test, which will help ensure that they are getting an appropriate science education. "If...


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