The set of 'next generation' science standards being developed have a lot of fingerprints, from state officials to local educators and prominent science experts.

Science education is likely to be the topic of plenty of discussion— and probably some heated rhetoric—in coming days, as the first public draft of a set of "next generation" science standards was released today. The ambitious effort—involving 26 states, plus a variety of educators and experts—seeks to refocus K-12 science instruction across the nation with a special focus on ensuring that students apply their knowledge of key concepts through scientific inquiry and engineering design to deepen their understanding. You can check out the EdWeek story here. I'll be sure to provide updates and further analysis...

Comedian Bill Cosby tells 2012 graduates of Temple University to quit bellyaching and get a job.

One of the influential voices in shaping the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts was Barbara Kapinus, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. She retired from that post early last month. But now she's taking a lead role in guiding the creation of the tests being designed for the new standards. Kapinus has been named the English/language arts director of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, officials disclosed today. Announcement of a parallel director in mathematics is expected to come soon. SMARTER Balanced isn't the only consortium to be drawing on Kapinus' expertise. The other ...

Relatively few U.S. students scored at the 'advanced' level in science on the latest round of NAEP results.

A group of universities, community colleges, and school districts have just announced plans to work together to revamp secondary math teacher preparation to better align with the common standards.

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium finalizes its plan to create a bank of online resources for teachers.

A conference to explore the potential of technology-enhanced assessments yields a landscape of promise and challenges.

The first draft of a set of 'next generation' science standards will be released for public comment this week.

Participating schools will be part of a pilot program aimed at measuring how their students compare with their global peers.

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