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To help teachers celebrate National Poetry Month, Newbery-Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander shares his tips for teaching poetry to young people.

The document aims to bring clarity to high school math expectations, and calls for an end to the common student-tracking patterns that plague math.

The U.S. Department of Education shows that in general, black and Latino students took fewer such classes than their white peers. And although they had similar access to schools offering Algebra 1 in 8th grade, a smaller proportion of them were enrolled in the class.

High schools in Bridgeport, Conn., will offer a new course in African-American history in the fall, but not everyone agrees on which text to use.

It's part of the foundation's $425 million research and development push, announced last fall.

A senior at Paradise High School in northern California earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement given to a Girl Scout, for creating 12 STEM lessons for kindergarteners.

Texas has finally approved course guidelines for a Mexican-American studies class. But the state's rechristening of the course title has drawn criticism.

The AAAS launches a new project to develop assessment scenarios that measure the NGSS' energy standards.

The National Council for the Social Studies is pushing back on the policy, arguing it's likely to reduce classroom civics instruction to surface-level knowledge.

The proposal draws on arguments that reading tests that focus on applying skills to generic passages disadvantage students who don't have the background knowledge to fully grasp them.

Could Minnesota's new plan for calculating standardized test scores negatively impact state funding for low-performing schools?

The good news, says an Education Trust review of a sample of more than 1,800 math assignments, is that most do target at least one or more of the Common Core State Standards. The bad news? They continue to focus on procedural knowledge, rather than more conceptual mathematical thinking.


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