Two flashpoints for debate in education circles are vouchers and teaching creationism. Well, today I've found a way to combine them in one blog post. The Associated Press is reporting that some Louisiana private schools participating in the state's new voucher program reject evolution and instead teach creationism. The story says that several religious schools that will enroll children with support from state-subsidized vouchers have touted their creationist views. Louisiana state Superintendent John White told the Associated Press that all voucher students must take the state's science test, which will help ensure that they are getting an appropriate science education. "If...
Remember last week when I posted about new types of college-and-career-readiness tests entering the marketplace from ACT, among other companies? Here is a story I just finished about that, and its interaction with the state assessment consortia's work. There are many interesting dynamics at work now in the test-publishing industry that bear watching....
Analysts say it's not yet clear how influential the new set of 'publishers' criteria for the common-core math standards will prove, but the document appears to be drawing serious attention.
Some observers appreciate key aspects of the document, though issues such as proposed restrictions on the length of textbooks are generating debate.
Gov. Beverly Perdue of North Carolina recently signed legislation that requires teacher-preparation programs to ensure elementary students are readied to integrate the arts across the curriculum.
After 100 years in classrooms, the student newsmagazine will be closed and merged into Scholastic News.
Two new systems of college-and-career-readiness tests have recently announced rollouts, adding new players to a landscape dominated by the two groups of states that are designing such tests with $360 million in federal money.
One challenge in implementing the common-core standards in math is helping students not only master key content but also become proficient in the eight standards for mathematical practice laid out in the document. We'll explore the practices in an Education Week webinar Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern time. What do the practices really mean? What do they look like in the classroom? What are some good resources to help educators dive in? To answer these and other questions, I'll be joined by two expert guests: • Jason Zimba, one of the lead writers of the common-core math standards and a founding...
The NSTA's interim executive director said the board's dismissal of its leader was not emblematic of plans to shift direction as an organization.
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.