July 2013 Archives

Testing-consortium officials reach out to reporters to bring attention to the states that are fully committed to field-testing the exam in 2014.

Computer science spurred a rare display of bipartisanship during the recent House debate to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

New survey data suggest that most middle school math teachers believe the common core standards are more rigorous than their state's prior standards.

Indiana moves to drop out of PARCC.

Educators are flooded with materials, all claiming to be useful in teaching the common core standards.

The state cites cost, technological readiness, as stumbling blocks in using PARCC's tests.

New pricing estimates show that half the states in the PARCC group and one-third in Smarter Balanced will face paying more for those tests than what they currently pay.

One of the state consortia will announce how much its tests will cost, a topic of intense interest in the states.

A STEM education coalitionopposes the House Republican bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.

Florida's senate president and speaker of the house urged the schools commissioner to withdraw the state from the PARCC consortium, amid concerns about testing time and technological readiness.

The state board's vote in favor of the standards is not the final word. Ultimate authority rests with Washington state's superintendent.

The new executive director, Bob Doucette, brings considerable experience in association management, but not in math education.

Here are some noteworthy STEM developments in recent days, including reflections from educators in new STEM schools, the winners of a STEM video game contest, and analysis of top-paying jobs for recent college graduates.

The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.

A new initiative from EDC seeks to help students and their teachers grapple with large sets of scientific and related data.

Books on display at Barnes & Noble offer a hint of what lies ahead for students in common-core classrooms.

A federal technical review panel's first look at the two common core assessment consortia's work shows praise for some things, and strong cautions on others.

Details emerge about the state's decision to go it alone on student testing.

With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this week, a history teacher shares his experience, and advice, about teaching with historical sites.

North Carolina is moving away from the traditional high school math pathway to require that students complete integrated courses in the discipline.

Oklahoma's state superintendent has announced that the state is withdrawing from a common-core testing consortium to go its own way.

Unlike most AP offerings, the three studio-art programs dispense with the traditional pencil-and-paper exam in favor of student portfolios of artwork.


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