March 2015 Archives

Students in 4th, 8th and 12th grade show an interesting mix of strength and weakness in their ability to choose the right meaning of vocabulary words in context.


A new study finds that few states link their college-readiness tests to meaningful supports or opportunities for students.


Is the country too narrowly focused on science, technology, engineering, and math?


The optimal amount of homework for 13-year-old students is about an hour a day, a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Educational Psychology suggests.


A Florida legislative panel approves a bill that would suspend a no-social-promotion policy that became nationally influential.


At the White House Science Fair, the president spoke with a troop of Girl Scouts who had built an automatic page-turner, for readers with arthritis, using Lego robotics.


A grant from the GE Foundation provides training to New York City teachers and school leaders to ramp up STEM expertise to enhance career programs.


Today, in what President Obama called one of the "most fun" events of the year, dozens of students from around the country showcased their experiments and inventions at the fifth annual White House science fair.


Nearly 400 districts and 120 individual schools were recognized for their efforts in making music education widely available to students.


Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle urges policymakers to evaluate not just how much time testing is taking, but the purpose of each test.


Exoplanet researcher Aomawa Shields searches for the right "atmospheres" to nurture life, and to encourage girls to pursue science careers themselves.


A bill under consideration in Texas would let students graduate even if they failed two of the five required end-of-course tests. In New York, officials are debating allowing students to substitute advanced work for the Regents exams.


In a two-hour keynote at the National Science Teachers Association's national conference,the star of the popular 1990s educational TV show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" spoke about selfies, climate change, and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham.


On Saturday, 3/14/15, at 9:26:53am, the clock aligned to represent the first 10 digits of pi: 3.141592653.


In a packed session this morning, a professor who helped lead the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, described the new standards as "a shift from learning about something to figuring out something."


At 11 a.m., Thursday, the exhibit hall at NSTA officially opened for business, letting in the hundreds of teachers who were waiting eagerly for a glimpse at the unusual wares inside.


At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.


The education secretary will speak at the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference, which is expected to have a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards.


In a recent critique of Smarter Balanced's online practice tests for mathematics, educational consultant Steven Rasmussen argues that the assessments are "a quagmire of poor technological design."


Two Colorado colleges are the first to decide to consider PARCC scores in course-placement decisions.


Last week, the Wyoming governor signed a bill that will make statewide adoption of the somewhat controversial K-12 science standards possible once again.


Gov. Mark Dayton goes farther with his recommendations than a state task force that was created to recommend testing cutbacks.


The annual report recognizes the superintendent for partnering with business leaders and bringing a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering, and math to his Colorado district.


Fifteen-year-old girls are more likely to be proficient in reading, mathematics, and science than their male peers, according to a new analysis. But among top-performing students, girls do worse than boys in math and science.


A new study of Israeli students shows that teacher bias can influence girls' performance in STEM subjects and their decision to pursue further studies in the subject.


Researcher William Schmidt has created a tool that helps teachers determine where exactly a particular standard is taught within a specific textbook.


The National Council of Teachers of English reaches out to literacy teachers to explore the role assessment plays in their instruction.


Chicago school officials say that the district can't risk the threatened loss of state and federal funding that could attend its refusal to give the test districtwide.


A new research paper finds that the law in most states isn't clear about whether parents can opt their children out of testing.


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