September 2014 Archives

Both of the consortia creating common-core tests say they're improving their equation editors, but math experts say students won't have much trouble figuring out how to use them.


Hundreds of students stage a walkout in protest of a Colorado district school board's plan to change its history curriculum to one that portrays the United States in a better light.


New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.


The 32-year-old event encourages the reading of books that have been challenged or banned from bookstores and libraries.


The elementary school literacy coach objects to the "onslaught" of common-core curricula and the increasing load of test preparation.


The latest piece of legislation that aims to cut back on testing would allow students in grades 3-8 to take only one test per year: English/language arts or mathematics.


The Texas state board of education is considering requiring Advanced Placement U.S. History courses to follow the state curriculum rather than the framework laid out by the test developers, reports the Associated Press.


Technological problems were cited as the reason for dropping the diagnostic tests for the state's youngest children.


A marketing company uses the common core in a light-hearted spoof.


The state Board of Regents considers letting students swap one of the social studies exams for a test in career-technical education or the arts.


With concerns about testing time high on its radar, PARCC decides it needs more time to figure out how to standardize a portion of the test that is embedded in daily classroom instruction.


New social studies textbooks under consideration by the Texas board of education include "serious distortions of history and contemporary issues," according to a watchdog group's recent review.


The American Association of Chemistry Teachers, which is billing itself as the "first national chemistry association for K-12 teachers," is officially up and running as of this month.


The philanthropist has invested $10 million to bring a new approach to history instruction to high school classrooms, according to a recent feature in the New York Times Magazine.


Motions to demand a halt to standardized testing and an opt-out policy for parents were passed to a legislative committee for possible presentation to state lawmakers.


Teachers can apply for grants from the American Federation of Teachers to improve the Common Core State Standards.


All four segments of California's higher education system are working to align admissions and teacher-preparation programs to reflect the common core.


A. Graham Down, who served as executive director and president of the Council for Basic Education from 1974 to 1994, died on Aug. 30.


Starting this school year, students as young as 5 in England will be required to learn computer programming, reports the BBC.


Elementary students who participated in a music enrichment program for two years showed improvement in their ability to process speech sounds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.


Last week the Lee County school district in Florida became the first in the country to opt out of all state testing. One member of the board changed her mind, and that was all it took for a vote to rescind.


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