Iran, Portugal, and Singapore have seen their 4th grade science scores skyrocket since 1995, while U.S. scores have been flat. Other nations have declined.
The standards' authors respond to criticism that the new emphasis on nonfiction will crowd out great works of fiction.
New results were issued today from two major global assessments, one focused on reading, the other on math and science.
Education Week gets a glimpse of the little-known process called "cognitive labs," in which students try out the features of items during test design.
New expectations of a heavier focus on "informational text" have catapulted the standards into the public eye like never before. Common-core authors say the anxiety about a cutback of literature are unfounded.
Fueled by a $5 million grant from the technology company Google, more than 800 public high schools will be invited to start up Advanced Placement STEM courses with a focus on attracting more female and minority students who show strong potential to succeed.
In one finding, the study says having students who struggle in math repeat algebra rarely leads to proficiency.
By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today. Though the Pelican State isn't the first to deal with a textbook-adoption process colliding with the common core, it does appear to be the first time alignment has been cited as a key factor in eschewing an endorsement. Superintendent John White said in an interview that state reviewers found that the textbooks generally didn't adequately match ...
A second draft of common science standards is slated to be issued for public review next month.
Schools around the country are being encouraged to have their students write President Obama as he begins his second term.