March 2016 Archives

Louisiana senators voted against repealing a law that requires public schools to give balanced treatment to evolution and creationism—despite the fact that the law has been deemed unconstitutional and can't be enforced.

iCivics releases video game that lets students run virtual presidential campaigns.

In an effort to get kids excited about math, the Romanian men's soccer team recently swapped the numbers on players' training jerseys for math equations.

Only 32 percent of students live in states that are using PARCC or Smarter Balanced statewide in 2015-16, a sharp drop from last year.

An administrator with Durham Public Schools plans more than 100 virtual field trips each year that take her district's elementary school students to places they could never afford to go to otherwise.

Education Week's survey of all states shows three key shifts in testing, including a continued erosion of the strength of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, particularly at the high school level.

A new study looks at how K-12 educators responded to the Ebola outbreak, and finds that most science teachers devoted some class time to the topic.

Randall Munroe, the creator of the popular Internet comic xkcd, will soon have his work featured in high school science textbooks.

The new test is designed to give 10th graders a preview of the ACT college-entrance exam.

A new study of Reading Recovery, a 1-on-1 reading intervention program for 1st graders, found that the program had a significant positive impact on students' reading achievement.

Groups of students will travel to the edge of space to conduct experiments on marshmallows, moss, greenhouse gas, and more.

With its refusal to participate in pilot testing, the Fort Wayne community school district raises a question: Do districts have the right to opt out of that test-development work?

Legislatures in Kentucky and Idaho are considering measures that would permit the Bible to be taught in schools.

If signed, the bill would introduce new readiness tests in 1st grade, and permit districts to use a series of interim tests to produce a summative score.

Because of online testing problems, Nevada fell short of the federal requirement to test 95 percent of students, but the U.S. Department of Education has given the state a pass.

Andrew Hacker, author of The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions, discussed why he thinks we should eliminate advanced math requirements.

Cast members of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton visited the White House to meet with local students and tout a new educational program.

The results of a two-year study on the National Writing Project, a teacher professional-development program that's lost federal funding in recent years, show that it had a positive impact on both teachers and students.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has released a statement cautioning states and districts that allowing computer science courses to substitute for a high school math course could "undermine students' mathematics preparation."

The state is on the verge of approving the measure, but it runs the risk of violating the Every Student Succeeds Act, which requires one test for all students statewide.

A survey from Americans for the Arts finds that the nine out of ten Americans support arts education, and most support government funding for the arts.

White female students are more likely to pursue STEM fields in college if they attended a high school with a high proportion of female math and science teachers, according to a recent study. The results were not as conclusive for black female students.

National Public Radio and Listen Current, a group founded by a former radio journalist, team up to bring more NPR segments into the classroom.

The districts in Clark County, Nev.; Denver, Fort Worth, Texas; Guilford County, N.C.; Milwaukee, and Shelby County, Tenn., will be part of the special NAEP report focusing on select urban districts.

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new effort to bring computer science classes to every public school in the state by the end of 2017.

An analysis of standardized test scores in the District of Columbia found that overall 3rd grade reading proficiency rates stayed stagnant between 2007 and 2014—but declined for economically disadvantaged and black students.

The White House launched a new effort to expose K-12 students to what happens in the nation's federal science labs, in the hopes of sparking more interest in STEM careers.


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