November 2013 Archives

The authors call for a revitalization of civic education to better prepare young people to become active and engaged citizens and ensure a vibrant democratic society.

The state now plans to involve all of its students in field testing in both math and English/language arts, revising a plan that got it in hot water with federal officials.

This Friday, Nov. 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Because Kennedy's life and death remain such a deep source of public fascination, many educators are viewing this as a significant teaching moment.

States are increasingly taking a careful approach to using PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests for high-stakes decisions.

The Bay State wants to take PARCC for a "test drive" for two years before deciding whether to replace its widely admired statewide test with the new assessment.

Several initiatives nationwide are encouraging students, public figures, and other individuals to recite the 16th president's iconic speech, including an effort spearheaded by award-winning documentarian Ken Burns.

Jack Buckley, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, is to join the New York City testing company.

Increasingly, comparisons are being made between the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature healthcare initiative, and the 2015 debut of the common-core assessments.

A new guide from the federally-funded What Works Clearinghouse offers guidance on best practices in teaching math to children ages 3 to 6.

A measure approved this week by the Wisconsin Senate would require all high school students to complete more math and science credits to graduate.

The latest Investing in Innovation grantees, announced last week by the U.S. Department of Education, are proposing an array of curriculum-related strategies to improve student achievement.

More than a dozen rural schools in Arizona are getting extra support for STEM learning outside the regular school day with a grant for robotics clubs.

As engineering education gains a stronger foothold at the K-12 level, the National Academy of Engineering, with support from a $1.5 million corporate grant, is launching an initiative to help guide educators into what is often unfamiliar terrain.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan trumpets NAEP gains as payoff of federal priorities, even though many states that embraced those priorities didn't soar on the national assessment.

The 2013 scores show no progress closing racial, ethnic and gender achievement gaps, and little progress in math and reading. One exception: 8th grade reading, which showed a 3-point improvement.

State will use Smarter Balanced field tests in place of its own math and English/language arts tests in 2014.

The group of university professors, who come from a variety of academic disciplines, say it's a mistake for so many Catholic schools to embrace the common standards for English/language arts and mathematics.


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