Literacy Expert: Weak Readers Lack Fluency, Not Critical Thinking

Students who are far from reading on grade level should not be expected to meet the higher expectations of the Common Core State Standards in a year or two, said literacy expert David Liben.


Physics Website Posts a Pitch for Arts Education

A physics website lauds the importance of arts education. It's not alone among the sciences.


High School, College Completion Rates Continue to Rise

Black and Hispanic students are driving some of the biggest gains at the high school level, and less dramatic improvements at the college level.


Who's Scoring the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments?

EdWeek got inside the operation and found out who's scoring the tests, and how they're being trained.


South Dakota Adopts Near-Copy of Next Generation Science Standards

The South Dakota board of education has adopted a new set of science standards that look a whole lot like the Next Generation Science Standards.


Wisconsin Budget Recommendations Include Citizenship Test

Wisconsin lawmakers include a citizenship-test requirement for high school students in budget recommendations from their joint finance committee.


PARCC Shortens Its Tests

In response to criticism that its test is too long, and takes a major toll on school scheduling and personnel, PARCC announces a major redesign.


Survey Shows Teachers, Parents Place Value on Music Education

A new survey of parents and teachers shows how strongly they feel about music education and I pull out some of the more interesting points.


Math Groups Criticize EdReports' Textbook Reviews in Open Letter

The Consumer Reports-style reviews of common-core instructional materials posted by EdReports.org are incomplete, contain errors, and misrepresent what's important in the common standards, claim two national groups of math educators.


International Science Fair Winner Helps Reduce Germ-Transmission on Airplanes

Seventeen-year-old Raymond Wang of Canada won $75,000 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week for inventing an air inlet system that reduces disease transmission in airplane cabins.


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