January 2014 Archives

With a 14 to 1 vote, the Texas Board of Education officially dropped Algebra 2 as a graduation requirement for most high school students.

New Jersey now includes metrics about arts education in its annual school reports—and education officials say that makes it the first state to do so.

Kentucky had been uncertain for many months about whether it would use the PARCC tests for common standards.

Younger adults and men, in particular, favor a hands-on style of learning, according to a survey done for Everest College.

An author makes the argument that skimming is a "crucial skill" for close literary analysis, and one that should be explicitly taught.

NAEP data analyzed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation show large swaths of children not reading proficiently by 4th grade in every state.

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow students to take computer science to satisfy a foreign-language requirement.

The board of the state's powerful teachers union also takes a stand against the way the Common Core State Standards have been implemented.

Illinois is well on its way to joining eight other states and the District of Columbia in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.

The letter from 34 state superintendents caps a rising wave of concern that administering student assessments through two big multistate consortia puts student data privacy at risk.

The nonprofit TED (technology, engineering, design) recently launched an effort to get students presenting their own short, expert lectures.

Gov. Cuomo calls for a panel to evaluate the state's implementation of common core and to recommend changes.

Last week, as you may know, Congress reached an agreement on the 2014 appropriations bill—and the new budget aims to make up for losses felt by public schools as a result of sequestration, the across-the-board 5 percent cuts put in place last March. My colleague Alyson Klein lays out all the details on the budget's education impact here. For those most interested in what the budget means for literacy, STEM education, and arts education, here are some quick highlights. • The Striving Readers literacy program got a 4 percent bump in funding, compared with fiscal 2013, up to $158 million....

New Hampshire opts for a new high school equivalency test designed by ETS, joining a list of nine other states doing likewise.

An investigative piece in Slate claims that a Texas charter system with 65 schools is teaching creationism and other unconstitutional, religiously driven lessons.

Of the 35 sets of instructional materials submitted for possible consideration, the state board of education adopted 31.

A quick search on Amazon yields more than 100 preschool resources for the common core.

Gov. Mike Pence's comments were among his strongest suggesting that the state might abandon the common core.

Alaska chooses to have the University of Kansas design its assessments.

A recent survey found that just half of high school civics and American government teachers devote one or more units to teaching students how to critically analyze the news.

At a congressional hearing, the heads of STEM education programs and high school students discussed private-sector efforts to engage young people in the STEM fields.

Among the changes Florida is considering is the addition of 52 calculus standards, and the requirement that elementary students master cursive writing.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges attendees at a "parent summit" to raise their voices to bring about policy and cultural changes that will improve schools.

Eight districts that have won federal permission to create their own way of holding themselves accountable for results have created a set of open-source performance tasks to guide common-core instruction.

A new analysis shows deep racial and gender divides in test-taking patterns in Advanced Placement computer science.

The accident occurred weeks after a U.S. safety agency created an educational video warning of the dangers of that type of chemistry experiment.

Five companies are competing for the assessment contract in Florida, and PARCC isn't one of them.

An engineering professor at Stanford University has developed a way for students in MOOCs to conduct virtual lab experiments—an "iLab," as he calls it—that could have value for K-12 students.

A grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust aims to involve teachers nationwide in the design of resources for tests being designed by PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

The state's testing waiver came under a longstanding provision of federal law, not the new "double-testing" waiver program.

ACT Inc., will offer the two tests, typically given in 8th and 10th grade, as precursors to its ACT college admissions exam, for the last time in 2013-14 as it debuts its Aspire test for grades 3-11.

In this interview, Mark Malone, a music professor at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., discusses the curriculum he wrote that centers on the blues.

The state's waiver applies only to 7th and 8th grade students who are taking high school mathematics.

The number of subscribers to educational YouTube channels tripled in 2013, NPR reports. A major contributor to the growth is increased interest in "pop science," or what YouTube calls "explainer," videos.

Kate DiCamillo will travel the country to promote the value of reading.


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