October 2012 Archives

Recently revamped Advanced Placement offerings in science will be the focus of a research grant.


An annual study by the College Board finds counselors are poorly trained for key job duties, and are often directed to spend too much time on activities that matter least for students' academic success.


As he takes the helm of the College Board, David Coleman zeroes in on helping disadvantaged students live up to their potential.


Louisiana has taken a step toward its plans to launch an open education marketplace for students to choose courses, allowing 72 course providers to advance to the next round in its approval process.


Miami The annual meeting of the College Board got off to an unusual start: with a high-profile session on English-learners' "right to rigor," moderated by none other than the organization's brand-new president, David Coleman. The session, a panel discussion by three nationally known ELL experts, sent a bevy of potent signals to the field about the organization's priorities as new leadership takes hold. Not only do these priorities come straight from the top—as symbolized by Coleman's presence on the dais—but they feature a big shift in thinking about how to teach students who are learning English. (Video of...


Voters in Portland, Ore., will consider a ballot measure in November that would impose a new tax to pay for arts education.


In early November, educators will gather at Loyola University Maryland for a conference on integrating the teaching of bioethics across the curriculum.


Developers from more than 20 states and 15 social-studies groups worked together to shape guidance for instruction.


Two national organizations are launching an initiative, backed by $2.4 million in federal aid, to bring together science centers and writing teachers to develop projects around the country that will integrate science learning with literacy instruction.


A new statement attempts to establish a comprehensive and shared vision of what it means to be ready for good jobs.


Some high school teachers in Maryland will convene on Friday for a conference on teaching about homeland security and emergency preparedness, with an eye toward preparing more students for jobs in this sector.


The National Council of Teachers of English hopes teachers and students will share all kinds of writing this Friday, on a day set aside to honor the craft.


A new documentary examines the push by Texas conservatives to overhaul state standards for history and science.


To help guide educators implementing the common standards, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases sample questions and performance tasks.


The Los Angeles school board voted yesterday to elevate the arts to an essential "core" subject and to gradually restore budget cuts for it.


New research finds few states assess students in civic education, a decline from 2001, which researchers say is due to a national focus on English Language Arts and mathematics.


The common core is extending its reach into some private schools, and is especially widespread in Catholic schools around the nation.


The International Reading Association aims to help teachers put the common standards in reading into practice.


Schoolchildren in New York City will get to explore exhibits free of charge at the American Museum of Natural History because of a recent $10 million donation by a private family foundation.


Invited by the Atlantic magazine, a range of experts in writing and education weigh in on why students can't write and what sorts of things they should be writing.


A recently developed program is grooming high school students to eventually become math teachers in their hometown schools.


The College Board has redesigned AP programs for U.S. history and physics, reducing the amount of content coverage to allow more time for studying key concepts.


The two presidential candidates devote a slice of their first debate to education.


With the prevalence of the acronym STEM in education parlance today, interest has grown in not just promoting the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as separate entities, but in figuring out the ways they can intersect to enhance learning. A recent project funded by the National Science Foundation took this issue to heart, by supporting the development of a math-infused science curriculum and then studying its effects on math learning. New findings from that project show a statistically significant boost in math achievement for the 8th graders exposed to the lessons, when compared with a control group of ...


U.S. students' literacy skills are not up to snuff to meet the growing demands of jobs in the 21st-century workforce, and a new federal grant competition may be necessary to give incentives to states to do something about it.


The NEA today announced plans to raise $1.5 million for an initiative that aims to increase the number of certified science and math teachers and improve STEM instruction.


Nonacademic factors such as school climate and student engagement play pivotal roles in students' academic success.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds that most oversights in most states put them at risk for large-scale cheating on state tests.


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