August 2015 Archives

Tracking state adoptions of the Next Generation Science Standards can be trickier than you might think. We've updated our map.


The assessment consortium seeks bids to conduct a review of an open-source testing platform that caused disruptions to online testing in several states.


The book is part of a series for young people on challenging current events.


A small Arizona school district is teaching all its K-8 students computer programming. Should more elementary students be learning these skills?


Looking for the last 17 year's worth of California students' math and reading test results? You won't find them on the education department's website (at least not easily).


A growing number of Roman Catholic schools are developing programs that incorporate science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math.


South Dakota lawmakers had required that the state not adopt any standards developed by a multi-state consortia.


The latest results suggest that this year's graduating class may not be much more prepared than last year's class for college or a career.


The University of Virginia announced a new five-year program that will award graduates both a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in teaching.


Some historians say that focusing on the content changes between the 2014 and 2015 AP U.S. History frameworks misses the larger point: Both documents are significantly better than what came before them.


In New Orleans, a state takeover of most schools ten years ago raised questions about how to preserve the city's strong musical heritage.


The International Literacy Association finds that state standards and course requirements on literacy instruction vary considerably.


Principals and superintendents underestimate how much support there is among parents for K-12 computer science classes, according to a recent survey by Gallup and Google.


Jaclyn Zubrzycki, a former teacher and Education Week reporter, will be focusing on arts, music, civics, finances, STEM, and instruction as Curriculum Matters' new co-author.


Lawmakers drafted legislation to allow about 5,000 students to graduate even though they lost their last chance to take the state-required exit exam.


The latest poll by Education Next shows declining public support for the Common Core State Standards, charter schools, and teacher tenure, but those policies still have more backers than detractors.


Eight states have passed laws requiring students to pass some version of a civics test so far in 2015.


The testing consortium approves cut scores for the high school test, but can't disclose yet what they are, since the point system--and spring performance data--are still being finalized.


The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on conceptual understanding in math will improve students' problem-solving skills and ultimately help prepare them for jobs of the future, argues a new report.


A public high school's performance of a song with lyrics about Jesus had triggered parents' concerns, but the Iowa State Board of Education agrees with a local school board that some uses of religious songs are appropriate.


Next year, Illinois students in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades will take an online exam aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.


The San Francisco school district announced last month that it will phase in teaching computer science to all students at all grade levels.


As the 2016 presidential campaign kicks into gear, teachers have to consider whether and how to introduce politics in the classroom.


If the state sets cut scores recommended by panels of teachers, only one-third of students will meet the 'proficient' mark in math and English/language arts.


The Iowa state board of education voted unanimously on Aug. 6 to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.


Children learn what they live, particularly when it comes to loving or fearing mathematics, a new study finds.


Connecticut's announcement that it will use the SAT instead of Smarter Balanced for 11th graders highlights a trend toward using college-admissions tests for accountability.


A new, savvy feature on the New York Times website called "Summer of Science" has bite-size, ADHD-friendly explanations of cool science stuff.


Because the state is still adapting to the common core, it decides to allow graduating seniors to score below the college-readiness level.


NewSchools Ignite, a project launched by the NewSchools Venture Fund, would make awards to companies and nonprofits for amounts between $50,000 and $150,000.


The Next Generation Science Standards do a better job overall of covering genetics than most previous state standards, but are missing some key content, according to a new study.


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