November 2012 Archives

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today. Though the Pelican State isn't the first to deal with a textbook-adoption process colliding with the common core, it does appear to be the first time alignment has been cited as a key factor in eschewing an endorsement. Superintendent John White said in an interview that state reviewers found that the textbooks generally didn't adequately match ...

A second draft of common science standards is slated to be issued for public review next month.

Schools around the country are being encouraged to have their students write President Obama as he begins his second term.

Twenty-five states unveil draft descriptions that will shape the tests that will be required of millions of students.

Rocco Landesman, a former Broadway theater producer, announced yesterday that he will retire as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts by year's end.

ALEC,an influential advocacy group with a conservative bent, has decided to remain neutral on the common core.

States and professional organizations are creating a document intended to help states that wish to redesign their own standards in that subject.

The report, crafted by a panel of experts convened by the National Research Council, argues that its proposed set of indicators has the potential to provide insights into key elements of the K-12 education system in STEM that are difficult to glean from current data-collection systems.

Efforts to expand participation in computer science education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels are getting a lift from a $6.2 million federal grant.

The Center for Student Work provides concrete examples of student projects that align with the common standards.

The Education Week staff offers a package of stories that examine the changing literacy landscape.

Improving STEM education is a popular theme among winning applications in the most recent round of the Investing in Innovation grant competition, announced last week.

Tony Bennett's defeat didn't have something to do with the common standards; It had everything to do with it, a Boston think tank argues.

PARCC defines the level of its test that connotes college readiness, and describes what performance at that level should look like.

All 15 seats on the Texas Board of Education were up for grabs in the election. Some analysts say the outcome may push the board toward the political center.

The defeat of Indiana's education chief, a high-profile backer of common standards, creates doubts about the initiative's support there.

Voters in Portland, Ore., have agreed to tax themselves to help pay for arts education.

A new survey shows that few people know what the standards are, but those who do are supportive. The more questions pollsters ask about the standards, however, the more support for them declines.

Significant drops at the elementary and middle school levels portend public-relations challenges ahead for other states.

More parents believe their children will be successful in life through "being good at math" than being outgoing, according to new survey data, but it wasn't a landslide.

New research on a Chicago policy that requires some 9th graders to double up on algebra instruction identifies "positive and substantial" longer-run benefits for participants.


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