October 2013 Archives

Students at a North Carolina middle school used math to set a world record.


By guest blogger Alyson Klein. Cross-posted from Politics K12. Ever since California approved a bill to suspend much of its accountability testing for one year, everyone has been wondering if the feds would punish the Golden State for straying far from the accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which call for states to test students in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school and use the results to make key school improvement decisions. And now, we have our answer. California could lose at least $15 million in federal Title I administrative fund in its clash ...


A new study finds that the cost of PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests won't rise by more than a few dollars per student if a substantial number of states drop out of the consortia.


A new grant will support the work of an alternative high school opening next year in Chicago that is focused on maritime studies.


A new survey of teachers shows that most assign readings based on a student's reading level, rather than his grade level.


Pittsburgh Public Schools is getting $8 million from the National Science Foundation to improve math instruction at the secondary level.


The United States lacks eligible job candidates with STEM degrees, in spite of rising demand, according to Bayer's latest Facts of Science Survey.


Oklahoma officially withdraws from PARCC, making eight states that are no longer participating in the two consortia. But for a few states, it's more unclear.


The state board of education is dropping the suggested guidance attached to the Common Core State Standards on issues such as text 'exemplars' in reading and pathways for taking high school math.


A new program led by the grandson of explorer Jacques Cousteau seeks to reveal the thrill of discovery and raise environmental awareness in young people.


The Business Roundtable hopes to have a plan for launch of its alignment panel within six months.


The Khan Academy announced a new partnership with a high school mathematics department that will help build a new and complete BC Calculus course.


A new partnership released a blueprint to help Illinois schools build a sustainable civics curriculum and encourage civic engagement.


By guest blogger Sarah D. Sparks. Cross-posted from Inside School Research. The Common Core State Standards require considerable writing across many subjects, but the standards themselves won't be enough to guide teachers to best practices in writing instruction, according to a new analysis. In a study in the current issue of School Psyhology Review, researchers Gary A. Troia of Michigan State University and Natalie G. Olinghouse of the University of Connecticut used a set of 36 writing-instruction and testing practices that have been shown in prior studies to improve students' writing skills across different areas, including the writing process, context, ...


The Business Roundtable makes a potentially controversial recommendation: setting up a panel to review curricular alignment with the common standards.


A new partnership focused on better preparing and retaining middle and high school-level mathematics teachers received a grant from the Helmsly Charitable Trust for its collaborative efforts.


An international survey of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills shows U.S. adults weaker than those in most other developed countries.


Dowan McNair-Lee, the teacher Education Week profiled as she taught the common standards in English/language arts in her 8th grade classroom, has been honored for effective teaching.


Washington last week became the eighth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards


The state proposes to set aside its math and English/language tests in 2014 and have students take the Smarter Balanced field test instead.


Substituting Smarter Balanced field tests for assessments that produce results for accountability could bring a penalty on the Golden State.


A new paper argues that the common standards in math do not demand a level of skill that is sufficient for selective colleges, or for students planning careers in math or science. In a white paper released today, the Boston-based Pioneer Institute, one of the most vocal critics of the common core, seeks to back up its argument with comments made by one of the math standards' lead writers, Jason Zimba. Co-authors R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky draw on the official minutes and a recording of a March 2010 meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Education, at which Zimba ...


The report uses assessment scores to show how U.S. states stack up to nations around the world on math and science achievement.


The Council of Chief State School Officers urges testmakers and the two state consortia to create large-scale assessments that reflect good instructional practice.


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