April 2014 Archives

Increasingly, testing opponents are casting the Common Core State Standards as the cause of the standardized testing burden in public schools. But that claim is inaccurate.


South Carolina withdraws from the common-core assessment consortium even though its state board of education favors staying in the group.


The third national festival brought together companies, universities, government agencies, scientists, engineers, and many others to get young people engaged in the STEM fields.


Creative endeavors can be a valuable tool in motivating and inspiring students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but they're often underutilized, experts say.


At the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference this week, representatives for NAEP detailed the group's most recent assessment, which aims to measure how well students apply technology and engineering skills to real-life situations.


Education leaders detail their work to implement the common core and their struggles to deal with various kinds of opposition to the new standards.


Scholastic is releasing a series of "webisodes" showing reality-TV celebrities using math in their professions.


A few weeks ago, a father posted a page from his son's supposed common-core math assignment on Facebook, claiming that despite his own degree in engineering, he could not solve the problem.


Nike, Barbie, and iPod all make appearances on the English/language arts tests that children are taking this spring.


Columbian writer—and arguably one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century—Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at age 87.


States and districts plan to use new common-core tests for teacher evaluation, but such a use "requires new validity and reliability evidence," according to a new report.


A new report aims to make sense of the "confusing landscape" that is integrated science, technology, engineering, and math education, laying out the benefits—and the many challenges—of connecting the STEM disciplines.


The organization that helped develop the Next Generation Science Standards released a rubric for evaluating whether instructional resources are aligned to the new standards.


As more states grow uncertain or conflicted about sticking with the Common Core State Standards, educators and others on the front lines find themselves in a bind.


A Florida researcher says elementary teachers need to reconsider the way they're teaching basic division.


The American Library Association's annual 'State of the Libraries' list singles out books that are most often challenged as inappropriate reading for young people.


A mother-daughter team described the importance of starting students with special needs with concepts rather than math facts and memorization, even if the process is painstakingly slow.


A new document from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics aims to go a step further than the Common Core State Standards in math by describing specifically what educators need to do to help students reach the new requirements.


An overheard conversation on the way to an annual conference for math teachers highlights some timely and very thorny issues around the Common Core State Standards.


Math anxiety can be explained, at least in part, by genetic factors, according to a recent study that tracked hundreds of twins over a seven-year period.


The common characteristics include a STEM-focused curriculum, project-based learning, and supports for underrepresented students.


States move to keep cursive instruction in classrooms, despite its absence from the common core.


At Thomas S. Wootton High School in Maryland, educators seem to agree that field-testing for the common-core exams has been problematic.


Why is there so much emphasis now on making STEM learning in particular mimic the real world? And why don't we talk about all subjects this way?


With the recent defection of Florida, membership in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has fallen to 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, as reflected in an updated EdWeek map.


Education Week updates its map of common-standards adoptions to reflect the first reversal by a state: Indiana.


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