April 2015 Archives

Today at a library in southeast Washington, President Barack Obama announced that major book publishers have committed to making 10,000 e-books, worth a total of about $250 million, freely available to students.


The first public hearing on the choice of PARCC versus MCAS had its share of praise and criticism for the new online test.


Experts weigh in on achievement growth among Hispanic students on 2014 NAEP tests in U.S. history, civics, and geography


The latest results from "the Nation's Report Card" show no significant gains since 2010 in U.S. history, civics or geography among 8th graders.


The Common Core State Standards require students to "read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding" by the end of kindergarten. How different is that from previous standards?


A new research initiative aims to find the most critical vocabulary needed for reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.


Miami-Dade drops 290 of 300 end-of-course exams that had been a state requirement, and Texas inches closer to rolling back graduation tests.


A new report explores the thorny questions involved in gauging student learning in a competency-based learning system.


Is holding a middle school science fair a worthwhile endeavor? A team of science educators and researchers is hoping to find out.


Truly rigorous career and technical education programs are still rare, even as student participation in them has soared. Researchers profile CTE programs in five states to illustrate key qualities that good programs should include.


Until now, the main strategy for opt-out activists has been simply sitting out the test. Now it includes posting portions of the exam online.


A high school math problem from Singapore made the rounds on the Internet.


The National Science Board issues a new report that seeks to broaden the term, "STEM workforce," and also calls for well-rounded STEM education, even in non-STEM fields.


Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated with a week of service activities, festivities and environmental awareness events, free teaching resources to mark the occasion are abundant.


The National Association of State Boards of Education has released a guide to help states decide whether they're ready to adopt and implement the new science standards.


Today marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, an international commemoration of the millions of people, mostly Jews, who were persecuted and killed in Nazi Germany.


PARCC officials tell Ohio lawmakers that they're working on a redesign that would combine its two testing windows into one and make the test shorter.


Nearly 200 colleges and universities agree to let students skip remedial courses if they score at the "college ready" level on the Smarter Balanced assessment.


The toolkit for determining whether publishers' instructional materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards has grown once again.


The ongoing feud in West Virginia over the Next Generation Science Standards has ended, for now, with a somewhat surprising decision to amend the standards to satisfy climate-change skeptics.


The Senate draft adds writing, computer science, technology, music, and physical education to the list of "core academic subjects."


Algebra teachers should show students both correctly and incorrectly solved problems and have students to discuss them, according to a new algebra practice guide.


The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.


Ohio joins a small but growing number of states that are seeking or considering federal permission to excuse some schools or districts from state-mandated tests.


Just a heads-up to readers that Ed Week is offering a package of articles about math instruction, several of which focus on the Common Core State Standards for math, for free until April 15.


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed into law this week a bill that requires high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test to graduate.


When exactly did the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math enter the educational lexicon?


It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.


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