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When the scores for 4th and 8th grades were released in October, and showed declines as well, there was all sorts of chatter about where to place the blame. So far, the most recent 12th grade scores haven't caused the same kind of finger-pointing.


Teachers College professor Anand Marri argues that students and teachers need to take a big-picture view of economic and financial literacy.


Much like their 4th and 8th grade peers, high school seniors have lost ground in math over the last two years, according to the most recent scores on a national achievement test.


A 16-year-old Arizona student created an app to help students prepare for the state's newly required civics test. Students who use it are rewarded with sandwiches from McDonald's.


The late singer/songwriter was the driving force behind an initiative called #YesWeCode.


A group alleging that Kansas science standards will result in anti-religious instruction in public schools lacked standing, the federal appeals court in Denver ruled.


The White House is celebrating federal, state and local initiatives intended to help young children learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math.


Students and teachers are searching through local newspaper archives to discover how American newspapers reported on Nazi Germany.


In a new paper, Stanford professor Jo Boaler argues that math teachers should use more visual approaches in their classrooms, including encouraging students to use their fingers to count and represent quantities.


A new research study has found that students perform better in math classes held in the morning than those held in the afternoon.


In common-core states, nearly all math and language arts teachers are at least somewhat reliant on materials they've developed or selected themselves, according to a new nationally representative survey.


New York City public schools will use a curriculum based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about the Founding Father.


At the White House Science Fair, Pres. Barack Obama mingled with talented students from around the country.


Less than two years after it started a leading-edge readiness assessment for kindergarten students, Maryland backs off, saying it takes too much time away from instruction.


A science curriculum using toy cars helped engage girls and special education students in learning physics, finds a study presented at AERA.


Under the common core, parents and middle school students are being asked to delay algebra until high school. But that's because Algebra I is not the course it used to be.


The Hindu American Foundation says proposed changes to California's history framework erase or misrepresent India and Hinduism, but scholars contest that view.


Contrary to public perception, disadvantaged students are not disproportionately placed in career-related programs, the study finds.


The Virginia legislature passed a bill that would require computer science to be added to the state's K-12 learning standards.


'Serial' launched something of a podcast revolution. So why are there still so few podcasts for kids?


The new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers also finds that many teachers feel they don't have the resources to teach financial literacy to students.


The governor vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the only state to require K-12 teachers to identify classroom materials with "sexually explicit content" so that parents could opt their children out of such reading.


After pledging to offer computer science courses in every school, Arkansas has rapidly trained hundreds of teachers to code.


Draft rules on assessment, released late last week, would allow districts to use the SAT, ACT, or college-placement tests as their high school test for accountability.


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