February 2014 Archives

The results from two studies that looked at teachers' preparedness for the common core came out this week.

Today's unanimous vote by the state board of education makes Nevada the ninth state to have officially adopted the common science standards.

Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.

Some states have been stepping up their efforts to bring financial literacy to schools. Here's a roundup of recent state actions.

Companies are clamoring to provide in quick-hit settings a range of skills that experts say are far too complex for a one-day seminar.

The jury is still out on whether new, digital instructional materials can achieve greater alignment with the new standards than traditional textbooks.

Mississippi is considering using the ACT college test as the high school exit exam for students in public schools, reports the Associated Press—something no other state has done.

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

Teachers who want to know what students are thinking as they solve math problems might try having them create screencasts as they work.

A Missouri lawmaker pokes fun at common-core "conspiracy theorists" by requesting a state appropriation to pay for aluminum foil hats.

The American Association of University Women came out in support of the Common Core State Standards, citing a need to close the STEM gender gap.

Dennis Van Roekel tells members in a letter that they "have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly."

When asked about the most important long-term goals of education, voters place the highest value on building character rather than building the economy. And most don't know what the common core is.

A split in the debate about the common standards shows up starkly in the news coverage of a Kansas lawmaker's views.

The Friday decisions by the department of education bring to 11 the number of states that can avoid "double testing" their students with field tests and their regular state tests, but a decision on California is still outstanding.

The public can now do a final review of the preK-12 arts-education standards—in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts—proposed by a coalition of arts and education groups.

Today President Barack Obama announced his plans to nominate Jane Chu, who heads a major performing arts center in downtown Kansas City, Mo., as chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

A new classroom tool—and its associated curricula—builds on the idea that big history is worth teaching at all levels.

Some states, including Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, have announced plans to revise their testing windows in light of widespread school cancellations caused by rough winter weather.

Next week is National Engineers Week, and a variety of events are planned, including a day devoted to encouraging girls to think about engineering as a career.

After a flood of critics pointed out errors, Teach Plus dove back into the data to post correct--and much higher--testing times that change some of the fundamental conclusions in the report.

Nearly one in 10 high school graduates showed preference for STEM-type activities but indicated they had no interest in a STEM career, according to a new report.

A new study finds that district-imposed tests take far more of teachers' and students' time than do state-mandated assessments.

Even with a strong disclaimer of any federal role in common-standards work, Arne Duncan's speech is still greeted with grimaces by some of the core's advocates.

A working paper by the Noyce Foundation highlights 15 promising collaborations between K-12 schools, extended-learning programs, and outside organizations that aim to further STEM education.

Connecticut, Mississippi, South Dakota and Vermont have won federal waivers focused on allowing them to make the transition to common-core tests.


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