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A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.


Several U.S. students and their teachers are scaling Mount Kilimanjaro this week as part of an international expedition to gather scientific data about its six "biomes."


Education Week has just unveiled a brand new e-newsletter devoted to news, analysis, and commentary on the common-core standards.


Five Utah educators, concerned about a lack of instructional materials aligned to the common-core math standards, are writing a set of high school e-textbooks.


GOP nominee criticizes President Barack Obama for backing common standards and tests.


The NSF is awarding $7.4 million for a project to promote improved STEM education in nine Baltimore elementary schools.


A Stanford University professor throws off his typical approach to education policy for a while to poke some fun at a very serious issue.


The Common Core State Standards aren't just changing instruction in math and English language/arts, new survey data suggest. They're also finding their way into a lot of science classrooms.


High school students will spend a year building appreciation for poetry and inspiring their peers to find or follow their poetic voices.


The vast majority of Michigan schools offer at least some arts instruction, a new study suggests, but more than one-third have no certified specialists in music or visual arts, the two most popular offerings.


Authors argue that increased emphasis on informational text will harm students' readiness for college.


At a time when states and districts are on the lookout for textbooks and related instructional materials to guide the teaching of the common core, a recent study offers a cautionary tale about the selection of publishers' wares. First, don't underestimate the importance to student learning of the particular curricular program chosen. Using different curricula, even if they share the same general pedagogical approach, can produce significant differences in learning gains, the study finds. Second, a solid research base is lacking on the effectiveness of competing programs, depriving schools and districts of critical information to help inform their choices. The ...


States' plans to use the common assessments as exit exams spark a warning from a Washington research-and-policy group.


The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $6.6 million to the Kennedy Center to expand arts education activities, including the integration of the arts across the curriculum.


Databases linking students' courses of study to job-and-wage data could boost the career sector seen as key to middle-class employment.


Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.


Based on new data from the "nation's report card," a lot of U.S. students are not "proficient" in writing, and the issue is especially alarming for black and Hispanic students.


Nearly all states are developing curricular and supplemental materials to help districts and schools implement the common-core state standards, but far fewer are approving or certifying lists of materials, a new report finds.


PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.


A new survey suggests that many recent high school graduates lack global awareness, but they do see its value.


A new collection of state-by-state reports on STEM learning issued today finds that in nearly every state, elementary students are getting less instructional time for science than they did in the mid 1990s, and that many students lack access to rigorous STEM courses.


Tennessee's push to implement the Common Core State Standards is getting support from a new statewide coalition that includes leaders in business, education, and other sectors.


Louisiana is launching an experiment in what the state education agency is billing as 'a la carte school choice ... one course at a time.'


Mainstream news media coverage of the common standards begins to spread information--and concerns--about the new expectations.


A new batch of 'Innovation Fund' grants announced this week by Georgia's governor features a strong emphasis on STEM education.


A new guide from the American Library Association aims to help teachers stay on the right side of copyright law when using instructional materials.


A new study finds that even among motivated students taking part in a financial-literacy competition, their level of knowledge is weak.


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