May 2013 Archives

Arvind Mahankali, from New York, is the 2013 National Scripps Spelling Bee champion, after correctly spelling 'knaidel,' a type of dumpling.

The University of South Florida is getting $3 million from a private foundation to develop a new teacher preparation pipeline for STEM middle school teachers.

Texas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow high-performing students to skip some of the state's reading and math tests.

The next couple of years will be rough going. That's no surprise to anyone who's been tracking the Common Core State Standards and waivers from key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act. Those big movements have pressed states into changing academic expectations, curricula, teacher evaluation, accountability and other tectonic plates of the school landscape. And common assessments, slated to make their debut in the spring of 2015, will likely provide the numbers that influence evaluations of many educators, schools, and districts. You can see the education groups staking out turf for the transition. Michele McNeil over at Politics ...

Legislation headed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's desk would reduce from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to graduate.

The Highmark Charter School, in South Weber, Utah, is integrating business concepts across the curriculum, even at early grades.

An education leader in the Kentucky Senate questions how the Next Generation Science Standards handle evolution and climate change.

Rhode Island today became the first state in the nation adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

Rhode Island may become the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. The state board will vote later today.

EdWeek begins a four-part series on how the District of Columbia school system is putting the English/language arts standards into practice.

A controversial measure to block state spending in Kansas on the common-core standards, as well as new science standards, was dropped from a budget bill.

The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

A draft budget bill in Kansas would block the spending of any state aid on implementing the common-core standards or new science standards.

Washington is the 10th state to enact a policy that awards students a math or science credit for successfully completing AP computer science.

In a rebuttal to the AFT president's call for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for the common core, Chiefs for Change calls for holding fast to accountability.

A $2.2 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will help Khan Academy expand offerings to help teachers and students with the common-core math standards.

A new federal study shows few states are untouched by cheating probes, and all are aware their testing systems are vulnerable to cheating.

Rhode Island may become the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

A new initiative that combines math tutoring with violence-prevention programming will serve up to 1,000 youth in Chicago this fall.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress in civics, history, and geography is being scaled back because of budget cuts. It will only be offered to 8th graders.

A measure approved by a Michigan House panel would make Algebra 2 an optional course for high school graduation.

National Council of Teachers of English argues that computers ignore the most valuable elements of student writing.

Technological problems derail tests in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Minnesota.

A new study of middle-school science teachers finds that understanding common student misconceptions is a key ingredient to improved student learning.

A conservative think tank argues that many state requirements for prospective high school history teachers fail to require adequate preparation in the subject.

New commissioner Glenda Ritz wants the state to go its own way with standardized tests.


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