At a time when states and districts are on the lookout for textbooks and related instructional materials to guide the teaching of the common core, a recent study offers a cautionary tale about the selection of publishers' wares. First, don't underestimate the importance to student learning of the particular curricular program chosen. Using different curricula, even if they share the same general pedagogical approach, can produce significant differences in learning gains, the study finds. Second, a solid research base is lacking on the effectiveness of competing programs, depriving schools and districts of critical information to help inform their choices. The ...

States' plans to use the common assessments as exit exams spark a warning from a Washington research-and-policy group.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $6.6 million to the Kennedy Center to expand arts education activities, including the integration of the arts across the curriculum.

Databases linking students' courses of study to job-and-wage data could boost the career sector seen as key to middle-class employment.

Two big assessment consortia partner with the organizations that led the common-standards initiative to seek funding.

Based on new data from the "nation's report card," a lot of U.S. students are not "proficient" in writing, and the issue is especially alarming for black and Hispanic students.

Nearly all states are developing curricular and supplemental materials to help districts and schools implement the common-core state standards, but far fewer are approving or certifying lists of materials, a new report finds.

PARCC's K-12 and higher education leaders continued their work to and agree on performance-level descriptors for the impending Common Core State Standards assessments.

A new survey suggests that many recent high school graduates lack global awareness, but they do see its value.

A new collection of state-by-state reports on STEM learning issued today finds that in nearly every state, elementary students are getting less instructional time for science than they did in the mid 1990s, and that many students lack access to rigorous STEM courses.

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