Sally Ride was not only an astronaut but a leader in STEM education who helped inspire many young people, especially girls, to pursue further study in math and science.

A survey of a small group of Washington insiders finds pessimism that the common assessments will be ready as promised in 2014-15.

In case you missed it, the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards have issued publishers' criteria in math. The criteria outline, in essence, what good curricular materials look like if they fully reflect the standards. My colleague Erik Robelen blogged about the criteria last week when they came out, and will be back soon with a story on the criteria and what folks in the field think about them. But in the meantime, it's worth taking a look at his introduction, and at the criteria themselves. Since the criteria reflect the standards' authors' interpretation of common-core-friendly curriculum alignment, ...

The new guidelines, which have the backing of several prominent groups, aim to ensure 'faithful' implementation of the math standards.

President Obama is looking to create a national master-teacher corps for the STEM disciplines.

The rate at which U.S. students have improved their achievement since 1995 falls in the middle of the pack when compared with other, mostly industrialized nations, a new study drawing on standardized test data finds. In addition, the researchers shed light on which U.S. states have seen the fastest—and slowest—growth over time (dating back further, to 1992), based on data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The top five, in rank order, are: Maryland, Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. The bottom five? Iowa, with the slowest growth, followed by Maine, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Nebraska....

A $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help to develop a network of STEM-themed schools in North Carolina with a focus on biotechnology and agriscience.

A new study finds that a simple intervention with parents can lead to their adolescent children taking more math and science courses.

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applicants for a new 'innovative literacy' program, though in some ways it's not exactly new.

The National Science Foundation and NBC have teamed up for a new set of educational videos that focus on Olympic athletes to generate interest in engineering.

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