August 2013 Archives

A new study suggests that while girls report a higher degree of generalized math anxiety than boys, there is no difference in their level of math anxiety when in math class or taking a math exam.

The common-core math standards have a lot to say about the 'appropriate use' of math tools, including calculators, spreadsheets, and even 'dynamic geometry software.'

A corporate philanthropy has announced $4.4 million in STEM-focused grants. Also, several universities have just gotten STEM support from the NSF.

A new study finds that some states are considering assessments other than those being designed by the two state testing consortia.

The common-core exams will include rules for calculator use that will be a change for many states and are likely to influence regular classroom use.

A new online guide defines some of the most commonly misunderstood terms in education reform.

The Minnesota Historical Society has some new curricular offerings on tap to enhance student learning.

This would be the last year that the so-called "two percent tests" could be used for accountability, according to a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education.

The head of research and development for the College Board joins rival ACT, as the two organizations stake out turf in the common-assessment world.

One of the organizations that strongly backs the Common Core State Standards takes on some of the flash points in the debate about them.

A new report takes a close look at state systems for certifying computer science teachers, concluding that they are typified by 'confounding processes and illogical procedures.'

To help educators prepare for instruction in the coming school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, released another round of sample math and English/language arts items.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute contends that the Next Generation Science Standards fail to adequately align with the common-core math standards.

Idaho officials are advancing a plan to award students a math or science credit for completing computer science and engineering courses.

Iowa has taken a step toward possible adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards yesterday, after the state named 28 members to a task force that will review the document.

The U.S. Department of Defense recently issued a series of grants to promote STEM education in schools serving military families.

Prominent names in reading instruction take on a controversial report that ranked teacher colleges, contending it overlooked best practices.

Newly revised standards in Tennessee are winning strong praise for their coverage of the civil rights movement.

A document just published by the Kentucky department of education offers a closer look at public sentiment regarding the Next Generation Science Standards.

The federal agency solicits public and expert input as it revises the way it reviews states' assessments.

Bringing teachers up to speed on key instructional shifts for the common core remains a challenge for states, says a new survey.

A pair of California charter school networks are making their curricular materials freely available online through a new platform.

New survey results offer insights into early implementation by states of the Common Core State Standards.

This year, 25 teachers are getting a chance to hit the high seas and help scientists conduct research. Along the way, they're bringing lessons back to the classroom.

The NAEP governing has voted to scale back some forthcoming testing in response to federal sequestration.

Two Omaha-based foundation are providing $5.5 million over three years to improve math instruction through graduate coursework for educators.

A few weeks back, the two state consortia developing common-core assessments were getting word from Pennsylvania officials that the state planned to withdraw. Now the Keystone State has clarified that it will remain a member of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, but it will not use either consortium's assessments. The state belongs to both, but not as a governing member, a status that carries voting power. Pennsylvania department of education spokesman Tim Eller told Education Week that the state has decided to develop its own tests. But for the time being, it will maintain "participating" membership in the two consortia, which ...

Grant rules required that each of the two assessment consortia have 15 members to qualify for federal funding, but that clear line is now "a dotted line," an Education Department official said.

A new survey caps tumultuous few weeks for PARCC, which has seen several state members drop out or decide not to use its tests.

Four of the individuals named today are serving an additional term, while the only new member is a former New Jersey education commissioner.

At a public hearing last week in Kentucky, the Next Generation Science Standards sparked heated debate.


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