June 2013 Archives

A speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan prompts clarification of the standards' stages of development.

Much of the historic narrowing of achievement gaps highlighted in a new NAEP report was accomplished by the late 1980s.

U.S. achievement for 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds has increased since the early 1970s in reading and math, but for 17-year-olds there's no measurable difference.

New documents describe what students need to demonstrate to show achievement at each of the five levels of PARCC's test in literacy and math.

PARCC will take an extra year to deliver diagnostic, midyear, and K-1 pieces of its system, so it can meet the deadline for summative tests.

The Vermont state board of education voted unanimously today to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

In a speech, Arne Duncan says the federal government encouraged, but does not mandate, the common standards, and calls some critics' claims "really wacky."

The Maryland state board of education today voted 11 to 0 to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, bringing to four the number of states to take such action.

The Keystone State joins a slowly growing list of states participating in neither of the two big groups of states designing tests for the common standards.

Top assessment experts craft five criteria they consider crucial to designing new and better tests of what students know.

A new report recommends that the nation take 12 key steps to ensure that humanities and social sciences maintain an important place in American classrooms.

Read a transcript of the conversation with the EdWeek reporter who spent six months documenting how one district is putting the common standards into practice.

Critics of the long-awaited study attack its research methodology and its conclusions.

A new 10-part online series from NBC Learn, the United States Golf Association, and Chevron Corp. explores the science behind the game of golf.

The Next Generation Science Standards are inferior to the science standards in many states, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute concludes in a new review.

If you've been reading our series on one district's experience implementing the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts, you might be interested in joining an online chat next week to ask questions of the reporter who's been writing it. That would be me. Join me on Monday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern time to discuss what I found when I spent six months reporting on how the District of Columbia's very-aggressive common-core implementation trickled down to one classroom. Our team has put together a Storify that gives you the highlights from the series, and also links ...

Only 11 common-core states fully meet the definition of math alignment set out in the report by the National School Boards Association and Change the Equation.

By a vote of 8 to 2, the Kansas state board of education yesterday adopted the Next Generation Science Standards as their own. With that step, Kansas joins Rhode Island and Kentucky in approving the standards (though Kentucky's action is conditional at this point, as I explain below). Kansas, Kentucky, and Rhode Island are part of the coalition of 26 "lead state partners" that teamed up with several national organizations to craft the science standards. The K-12 standards, more than three years in the making, went through two rounds of public comment before they were issued in final form in ...

A new report profiles five public schools that are using an expanded school day to help provide a strong arts focus.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas today signed legislation to rewrite state graduation requirements, reducing from 15 to five the number of end-of-course exams students must pass to earn a high school diploma.

The Council of the Chief State School Officers cites the need to focus its energy on helping states implement common standards in mathematics and English/language arts.

Kentucky's state board of education voted yesterday to provisionally adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

The Florida department of education has issued a call for public comments on the Next Generation Science Standards.

Education Week explores how the common core English/language arts standards take shape in one classroom.


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