If perception is reality, a lot of schools are failing to challenge their students, a Washington think tank concludes in a new report. Drawing on a rich set of student-survey data, the Center for American Progress cites some alarming statistics in the report, released today. Many students, it seems, find their schoolwork is just too easy. For example, a full 57 percent of 8th grade history students say their work is often or always too easy. Fifty-one percent of 8th graders say the same about civics. The result is better for elementary math, but still cause for concern: 37 percent ...
A British study finds that girls encounter higher levels of math anxiety than boys, and that this distress has a negative effect on student achievement.
Scott Norton, a longtime education official in Louisiana, is taking on a key post at the Council of Chief State School Officers overseeing work on standards, testing, and accountability.
Amid concern that funding to promote academic disciplines beyond reading, mathematics, and science is getting squeezed out of the federal budget, more than two dozen education organizations are banding together in a new coalition to more effectively make their case to policymakers. Members of the new College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition represent subjects including arts education, social studies, history, foreign languages, P.E., and health education. A press release notes that Congress has recently made "deep cuts" in some program areas, including "completely eliminating funding for history, civics, geography, and economics programs." In addition, President Obama has repeatedly sought ...
A new approach to highlighting the key shifts of the common standards in English/language arts boils the changes down to "what's in and what's out."
New polling data suggest that the vast majority of public school teachers are now aware of the Common Core State Standards, but the same isn't true for registered voters.
Twenty-five communities win awards for outstanding work in advancing an agenda to ensure that students are reading on grade level by 3rd grade.
South Carolina, one of the few states still participating in both test-design consortia, chooses the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium approach.
The South Carolina legislature has just adopted a budget measure that expressly prohibits the state from using funds to participate in, implement, adopt, or promote the common science standards.
Although some recent data show boys outpace girls in science achievement, a new NAEP study suggests girls have an edge when it comes to applying that learning in a hands-on setting.