New Jersey and California Press On With Common Core

New Jersey readopts the common core in math and English/language arts, while California adopts the first instructional framework based on the new standards.


New Jersey Adopts Common Science Standards

On July 9, the New Jersey education department announced that the state board had adopted the common science standards, making it the 12th state to do so.


California District Adopts Ethnic-Studies Requirement

Students in a small district near Los Angeles will soon be required to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate—a requirement some California legislators are hoping districts will adopt statewide.


Okla. Gov. Fallin: We Can Do Better Than Common Core

Oklahoma's governor, who once supported the common core but later signed off on her state's bid to dump it, writes that her state can improve K-12 performance on its own.


NEA Delegates Talk Common-Core Math

Members of the teachers' union generally said they like the common standards, but lack resources and are scared about what testing will bring.


N.M. Ruling Rejects Protest of Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract

New Mexico's state purchasing agent, Lawrence O. Maxwell, has denied a protest of a major common-core testing contract that was filed by the American Institutes for Research.


Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints

Do typical arguments for why the common-core math standards are supposedly problematic really make sense?


Students Design STEM-Focused Apps to Tackle Community Problems

This week, Verizon announced the winners of its "Innovative App Challenge," a contest in which teams of middle and high school students design concepts for STEM-focused mobile apps to help people in their communities.


Conn. Governor Pledges $15 Million to Support Common-Core Implementation

Gov. Malloy, a Democrat, has pledged $15 million to ease the implementation of the common-core standards. The money will go towards new school technology and professional development, among other uses.


Study: Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder 1st graders struggling in math, study suggests.


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