Back in 2001, Sen. Santorum pushed an amendment on the teaching of evolution that was roundly criticized by educational and scientific organizations.
The two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards issue more documents that offer more details on what the tests might look like.
Common standards, assessments and STEM education dominated the year's curriculum stories.
By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk All seven states that qualified for the third round of the federal Race to the Top competition have won a share in the $200 million remaining, and all of them will be expected to address STEM fields. The question on the table is just how far these changes are going to go where STEM is concerned. Remember, states primarily will use this money to implement part of their original Race to the Top plans—which means making progress in one of the core areas of the economic-stimulus legislation, such as raising standards, improving evaluation systems,...
The U.S. Department of Education has "conditionally approved" a decision by one of the two consortia developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards to reduce the number of testing components in its plan.
Some states seeking federal waivers under No Child Left Behind would add assessments in other subjects to make accountability decisions.
An Arizona high school will soon offer two advanced diplomas with a STEM emphasis.
A new budget compromise would restore the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, but abolish or cut some other curriculum-related initiatives.
Did you know that 13 federal agencies are directly engaged with supporting STEM education?
In a recent speech to social studies educators, Secretary Duncan explored the tension between "real accountability" and promoting a "well-rounded" education.