December 2015 Archives

New promos from ExxonMobil ask viewers to think about what the world would look like without engineers.

Each year, we take a look at Curriculum Matters' most-read blog posts, and in 2015 it seems two major themes got readers clicking: common-core testing and math instruction.

The academic gaps related to dyslexia can show up in verbal deficiencies years before children traditionally are expected to read.

The move marks yet another migration from PARCC or Smarter Balanced to the SAT, and points up the College Board's aggressive bid to win statewide contracts.

Eight states fell short of federal mandate to test 95 percent of all students. They, along with four others that fell short of the mark in certain grades or subgroups, have received warning letters from U.S. Ed.

Research indicates that exposure to the arts in early childhood has positive social and emotional effects, according to a new survey from the National Endowment for the Arts, but there's room for more research on the topic.

Schools are closed today in Verona, Va., and weekend athletic events canceled, after school district officials there have been fielding angry phone calls and emails over a classroom assignment that asked students to copy an Islamic statement of faith.

Under a new California law, districts must put into place "fair, objective, and transparent" placement policies for 9th grade math classes by the beginning of the next school year.

Music teacher licensure candidates are even less likely to share their prospective students' demographic backgrounds than other teachers.

Congress released a budget deal that would give several literacy programs an increase in funding, and keep funding for STEM partnerships and Advanced Placement steady.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act includes support for arts education, including arts integration in STEM activities and a grants program.

A social studies teacher in Seattle wrote that the Paris climate summit has caused him to reflect on how he approached climate change in the classroom in the past, and realize that he made some mistakes.

Thousands of students took up the oral-history challenge launched by StoryCorps this holiday season.

In one Arizona district, all K-8 students are doing computer programming. About 20 miles down the road in another district, the computer coding program has fallen apart without a champion.

A look at the literacy provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act illustrates just how differently the federal government sees its role in reading instruction than it did 14 years ago.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which could soon replace the 14-year-old No Child Left Behind law, gives states and districts more opportunities to use federal funds for science, technology, engineering, and math education, advocates say, and is ultimately a huge boon for the subjects.

Some provisions in the bill give states more power over assessment, but others protect federal influence in key ways.

While the U.S. president has spoken about human impact on climate change in very certain terms, a recent study out of Stanford University found that middle school textbooks in use in California schools are sending a different message.

New York has redesigned its Regents algebra test, which students must pass to graduate, to align to the common core. And the scores have consequently plummeted.

The "blend trend" allows states to mix PARCC or Smarter Balanced items with questions from their own vendors, but it comes with a few big cautionary notes.


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