From guest blogger Gina Cairney STEM advocates are always looking for novel ways to entice more girls and women into science, technology, engineering, and math. That's why a group of women in Durham, N.C., host fundraisers that benefit women and girls. But they're not your run-of-the-mill fundraisers.

The National Assessment Governing Board decided to expand use of the background questions posed to students who take the NAEP, or "nation's report card."

Utah votes to withdraw from its common-assessment consortium.

A new study finds that Chicago's algebra-for-all policy took a toll on high-achieving students, and that the main reason was a shift to mixed-ability grouping of students.

A new study examines what college systems are doing to gauge students' readiness for credit-bearing work, as they recognize the limitations of traditional placement tests.

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.

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