December 2012 Archives

Standards advocates step up to counter weeks of accusations that the common core will weaken the role of literature in the classroom.


The common standards and assessments, along with a keen interest in math, drove lots of interest in blog posts on Curriculum Matters this year.


Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced have now provided more detailed guidance for the new tests' technology demands.


Proposed accommodations could make fewer students eligible in some states, and more in others.


New assessment results suggest that Americans might not need to travel so far to learn about building a strong education system.


New Jersey is the fourth state to create the STEM teacher-fellowship program, which aims both to recruit and prepare high-quality STEM teachers and to transform teacher-preparation programs.


With $11 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the two national teachers' unions will call on educators to help build a library of instructional tools.


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers cut back its budget for formative and diagnostic work to facilitate work on summative tests.


MoMath, billed as the only math museum in North America, is opening its doors this weekend. The key goal is exciting young people about math.


New survey results offer a glimpse into the challenges theater educators face in tackling complex social and political issues in plays.


New survey data offer a detailed look at the state of theater education in American high schools.


PARCC decides to base its "college readiness" determination in math only on the exams students take at the end of each math sequence.


Iran, Portugal, and Singapore have seen their 4th grade science scores skyrocket since 1995, while U.S. scores have been flat. Other nations have declined.


The standards' authors respond to criticism that the new emphasis on nonfiction will crowd out great works of fiction.


New results were issued today from two major global assessments, one focused on reading, the other on math and science.


Education Week gets a glimpse of the little-known process called "cognitive labs," in which students try out the features of items during test design.


New expectations of a heavier focus on "informational text" have catapulted the standards into the public eye like never before. Common-core authors say the anxiety about a cutback of literature are unfounded.


Fueled by a $5 million grant from the technology company Google, more than 800 public high schools will be invited to start up Advanced Placement STEM courses with a focus on attracting more female and minority students who show strong potential to succeed.


In one finding, the study says having students who struggle in math repeat algebra rarely leads to proficiency.


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