Science standards in about half of the states deserve a grade of D or F, concludes a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


A legislative challenge to Indiana's adoption of the common standards fails.


President Obama proposes a $1 billion Race to the Top challenge for higher education, which would require states to ensure that high school exit standards are appropriate for college entry.


Chief academic officers gather to discuss the deep shifts in instruction required by the common standards in English/language arts.


A new GAO report finds overlap in federal STEM education programs, but suggests they are not necessarily duplicative.


Improving reading instruction was the topic du jour at a Washington forum yesterday that brought together four superintendents and an educational publisher.


The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.


A new survey of states finds that they anticipate significant technological challenges implementing tests for the common standards.


The NSF and U.S. Department of Education have recently issued grants to help improve science learning among English language learners.


Guest post by Jackie Zubrzycki Depending on whether you're using the Julian or Gregorian calendar, John Hancock either was or was not born today, National Handwriting Day. In either case, his authoritative signature's legacy lives on in debates about handwriting and cursive in schools. Should schools spend precious instructional time teaching handwriting? Should students learn cursive at all, or is it an outdated skill—and here's the Hancock link—how will they sign their names if they don't know cursive? I wrote an article about the conversation about the role of handwriting in school, prompted by a summit on handwriting...


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