September 2013 Archives

A new study analyzes key factors in schools, homes, and teacher practice that correlate with high achievement on the TIMSS and PIRLS exams of math, science and reading.


A new grant from the National Science Foundation seeks to boost science education by allowing students and teachers to engage in research.


This Storify takes a look at the short history of the Next Generation Science Standards, from their initial conception to adoption by seven states and counting.


A new collaboration between the American Battle Monuments Commission, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Virginia Tech is creating a teacher-scholar program to help build an innovative and engaging WWI history curriculum.


The state board of education in Delaware voted 6-0 today to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, making it the seventh state to sign on.


The National Endowment for the Humanities is promoting civil rights history by providing documentaries and other resources to communities across the nation.


The Education Department offers states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring if they give common-core-aligned field tests in math and English/language arts, and if students take full-length tests in both subjects.


A three-year project to write common social-studies standards results in a framework to guide states as they revise their own standards.


The Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce rally support among their members for the common standards.


A new study finds multiple benefits for students who participated in a school field trip to an art museum in Arkansas, including enhanced ability to think critically about art and stronger interest in the arts.


As California plans a shift to Smarter Balanced field tests, high school educators are unclear about which tests from the old system will remain in place, causing confusion as the year begins.


One state's plan to gather and use data from Smarter Balanced's field test raises delicate issues of what constitutes proper use of test data.


Gov. Steve Beshear signaled that Kentucky would move forward with implementation of a new set of common science standards despite opposition from a legislative review panel.


A Boston advocacy group argues that federal law and long-standing tradition fly in the face of one set of shared academic expectations.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium takes the first step toward creating a policy to protect student-level data, and clarifies the testing window for states.


North Carolina is rolling out a new initiative to recognize exemplary STEM schools, based on a set of key attributes.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tells the Golden State that he couldn't "in good conscience" approve its proposed suspension of accountability testing.


New paper explores the work of a state, a district and a technical-service provider in putting the common standards into practice.


Math is the top pick of U.S. adults asked to name the "most valuable" subject they studied in school, according to new Gallup data. Meanwhile, science is more popular than when the question was posed a decade ago.


The Golden State considers tossing out the bulk of its state testing system so it can field-test the common-core exams on a larger scale.


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


New research suggests the value of a course credit in Algebra 2 is declining.


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