The board of the state's powerful teachers union also takes a stand against the way the Common Core State Standards have been implemented.
Illinois is well on its way to joining eight other states and the District of Columbia in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.
The letter from 34 state superintendents caps a rising wave of concern that administering student assessments through two big multistate consortia puts student data privacy at risk.
The nonprofit TED (technology, engineering, design) recently launched an effort to get students presenting their own short, expert lectures.
Gov. Cuomo calls for a panel to evaluate the state's implementation of common core and to recommend changes.
Last week, as you may know, Congress reached an agreement on the 2014 appropriations billand the new budget aims to make up for losses felt by public schools as a result of sequestration, the across-the-board 5 percent cuts put in place last March. My colleague Alyson Klein lays out all the details on the budget's education impact here. For those most interested in what the budget means for literacy, STEM education, and arts education, here are some quick highlights. The Striving Readers literacy program got a 4 percent bump in funding, compared with fiscal 2013, up to $158 million....
New Hampshire opts for a new high school equivalency test designed by ETS, joining a list of nine other states doing likewise.
An investigative piece in Slate claims that a Texas charter system with 65 schools is teaching creationism and other unconstitutional, religiously driven lessons.
Of the 35 sets of instructional materials submitted for possible consideration, the state board of education adopted 31.
A quick search on Amazon yields more than 100 preschool resources for the common core.