December 2013 Archives

By guest blogger Alyson Klein Cross-posted from Politics K-12 So remember how California is planning to suspend most of its accountability testing for a year in order to help the state's schools get up to speed on new tests aligned with the Common Core standards? U.S. Secretary of Education of Arne Duncan is none-too-happy about that idea, as my colleague, Catherine Gewertz, reported. And neither are a number of state and national advocacy organizations, including StudentsFirst, Teach Plus, The Education Trust-West, and the Alliance for a Better Community. Their latest argument: Not explaining to teachers and schools how their ...

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

The state testing consortia's work to peg their tests to a NAEP-like level of rigor sparks concerns at the board that sets policy for NAEP.

For students to have a true understanding of American history and current events, they need to be taught the whole story, writes one researcher.

With an 8-0 vote yesterday by its board of education, D.C. joins eight states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards so far.

The District of Columbia school system answers a big question hanging over its impressive gains on the regular NAEP: did the charter school sector drive those improvements? New results show the answer: nope.

More than two decades after an Illinois law passed requiring public schools to teach African-American studies, the Chicago school district announced a new curriculum guide for incorporating the subject into core classes.

Educational tourism to Finland may be on the wane following the recent results from an international assessment in math, reading, and science.

A vision for science testing, recommended by a panel of the National Research Council, would fundamentally change the current model of assessment, blending classroom-based assessments and periodic tests to "monitor" learning with information about students' "opportunity to learn."

The educational publishing giant's payment of $7.7 million addresses claims by New York State that the foundation diverted money to its affiliated for-profit company.

In the United States, there was no statistical difference between boys' and girls' scores in either math or science on the 2012 PISA test.

A new brief reveals that women continue to lag in computing degrees and jobs.

Kansas chooses to have its state university design its tests rather than using the system being created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

In a Michigan report, 12 companies vying for bigger shares of the common-core assessment market disclose new information about their plans, but many fall short of supplying the state with sufficient reassurance about their handling of student data.

Tony Bennett has been hired to help ACT Inc., on Aspire, its new suite of common-core assessments.

New York City's governing body adopts a resolution drafted by anti-testing groups and circulated nationally as model legislation.

A new campaign for Computer Science Education Week is attempting to get 10 million K-12 students to spend an hour learning how to code.

The body that sets policy for NAEP considers revising the way it reports exclusion rates to distinguish between students not permitted to take the test, and those who decline to do so because it doesn't offer the accommodations they need.

Phrasing in the agreements that PARCC and Smarter Balanced signed with the U.S. Department of Education has given data-privacy advocates cause for worry about the sharing of student data.

The National Assessment Governing Board's early attempts to come up with new ways to use students' background information gets immediate pushback from outgoing education statistics chief Jack Buckley.

How do you capture the life of a liberation leader, political prisoner, and president who helped end a nation's system of racial oppression? How do you convey his place in history for students?

As worry swirls around the use and disclosure of student-level data, PARCC issues rules that clarify that it will not share such data with the federal government. Any decisions about sharing that information lies with states, according to the new policy.

With pressure mounting for teachers to demonstrate their contribution to student learning, Tennessee is ramping up an initiative that invites arts educators to assemble classroom portfolios.

The PISA results, released today, are both widely publicized and quite complicated. Here are some tips for understanding the data.

The U.S. Department of Education has revealed the states that want to replace all or part of their 2014 tests with field tests developed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

A preview of a new survey finds school districts placing a high priority on revising curriculum, instruction, and materials for the common core. Organizations are springing up to help with those projects.


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