April 2013 Archives

The Next Generation Science Standards developed by 26 states are drawing sharp criticism from some quarters.

Randi Weingarten argues that no high-stakes decisions based on the common core should be made about students, teachers, or schools until adequate support has been provided.

Contest sponsors urge viewing parties to watch one-time-only live webcast of high school students performing the work of great poets.

A "fidelity check" by the National Research Council concludes that the science standards are in keeping with the vision articulated in an NRC framework that guides their development.

The exhibit hall at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting was filled with instructional materials claiming alignment to the common core.

The commissioner of education says the state should consider other alternatives to PARCC, including ACT's new ASPIRE system.

A new brief from the Education Commission of the States outlines best practices in civics instruction, such as focusing on controversial issues that students find relevant to their lives.

A majority of high school seniors scored below the "proficient" level on a national economics assessment.

The common-core standards were a major topic of conversation last week at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

A California blogger invents a whimsical memo to counter common-core opponents' claims.

Its state standards were found to be similar enough to the Common Core State Standards that using a common-core-aligned assessment was deemed appropriate.

President Obama hosted his third White House Science Fair yesterday. During the event, he announced a new STEM initiative as part of the AmeriCorps program.

A new Florida measured signed today by Gov. Rick Scott would make Algebra 2 an optional course, raising questions about fidelity to the common-core standards.

Even though Alaska never adopted the common standards, it has joined a consortium working to design tests for those standards.

The influential newspaper says the Common Core State Standards initiative is "clearly the most important education reform in the country's history."

PARCC seeks public comment on its proposed policies governing the common assessments that students are scheduled to take in 2015.

More than 7,500 math educators are gathered in Denver this week for the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

As the longtime high school equivalency test undergoes a major redesign, many states are concerned about its rising cost.

The move holds symbolic importance for the two federally funded assessment consortia, which are mindful of maintaining membership in order to stay viable.

President Obama's new budget request calls for creating new STEM education programs, as well as a High School Redesign initiative.

Nearly $2 million in grants to Arizona schools and districts seek to develop models for STEM education that can be more broadly used around the state.

Maine and Kentucky may prove to be two of the states that act most quickly in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.

With the Next Generation Science Standards now finalized, two big questions are what kind of reaction they will generate and how many states will ultimately adopt them.

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee will incorporate some changes including a computer-based test and a multiple-choice element.

The lead writers of the math common-core standards have developed new "publishers' criteria" intended to guide the development and selection of instructional materials.

A group of researchers makes a plea for understanding formative "assessment" as a suite of teaching practices.

The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.

Cynthia Schmeiser will join the College Board to oversee programs including the SAT.

I've been hearing from some district officials that classroom teachers are the best ambassadors for building better understanding and buy-in for the Common Core State Standards in their schools. Tennessee seems to be taking that idea to heart, as the state department of education announced this week that more than 700 teachers are being enlisted to "help their peers navigate the transition" to the new standards. Those 704 teachers were selected through what the state department called a "rigorous application process" to serve as coaches, the press release says. And come this summer, they will help lead five weeks of ...

Like low income students, students from middle-class families are being outperformed by students in other countries, according to a new report.

The College Board is in the early stages of exploring potential new AP programs in math and accounting.

An farm-based curriculum helped save a Kansas elementary school from closing due to low enrollment.

The review will focus on item and task development and on how the two testing consortia will validate assessment results.

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine partnered with teachers from Boston Public Schools to create an engaging science curriculum focused on the scientific method and health-related concepts.


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