February 2013 Archives

Researchers in both nations are teaming up to explore innovative approaches to improved STEM learning at K-12 and higher education.


In the early-elementary grades, teachers on average spend more time each day on reading than on math and science combined.


New studies showing flawed use of placement tests could open the door to the common assessments.


State STEM coalitions are emerging to help advance student learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


If a new nonprofit in Colorado has its way, physics will become a mainstay of middle school science.


English and U.S. history continue to be the most popular AP subjects, new data show, though participation in STEM disciplines continues to rise.


A small group of Washington policy wonks says both assessment consortia are "on the wrong track" and predicts more states will drop out.


Relatively few are "very confident" that new standards will improve achievement or make students more ready for college and work.


State Commissioner Tony Bennett says a "Plan B" is necessary in case PARCC tests aren't ready in time.


Robert Scott shares his opposition to the Common Core State Standards with lawmakers in two other states.


Free copies of the film "Lincoln" will soon be distributed for free to every middle and high school in the country.


President Obama last night touted an early-college high school in Brooklyn that's been making a name for itself.


In his State of the Union Address, the president goes farther than he has in the past by offering federal dollars to influence high school curriculum design.


The common standards for science are drawing feedback from a wide array of groups in science and science education.


Weak vocabulary instruction in the early years doesn't bode well for the Common Core State Standards, researchers say.


A bill overwhelmingly approved by a House panel in Idaho calls on the state to require the teaching of cursive in public schools.


The new leader of the NSTA discusses his background and his priorities for the organization in an interview.


Subra Suresh will leave the NSF at the end of March, cutting short his six-year term at the federal agency.


Gene Wilhoit, the recently retired executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, joins Student Achievement Partners.


A team of expert reviewers assembled by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute identifies a variety of concerns with the second and final public draft of the standards.


A study finds states are making progress in common-standards implementation plans in three key areas.


Researchers in England explore whether student creativity should be assessed and how.


Alabama will "go in another direction" with assessment, its testing chief says.


Critics say the latest draft of common science standards gives short shrift to engineering and represents a setback from an earlier version.


Misunderstandings continue to dog those trying to implement the increased emphasis on "informational text" in the common standards.


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