President Obama is looking to create a national master-teacher corps for the STEM disciplines.

The rate at which U.S. students have improved their achievement since 1995 falls in the middle of the pack when compared with other, mostly industrialized nations, a new study drawing on standardized test data finds. In addition, the researchers shed light on which U.S. states have seen the fastest—and slowest—growth over time (dating back further, to 1992), based on data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The top five, in rank order, are: Maryland, Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. The bottom five? Iowa, with the slowest growth, followed by Maine, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Nebraska....

A $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help to develop a network of STEM-themed schools in North Carolina with a focus on biotechnology and agriscience.

A new study finds that a simple intervention with parents can lead to their adolescent children taking more math and science courses.

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applicants for a new 'innovative literacy' program, though in some ways it's not exactly new.

The National Science Foundation and NBC have teamed up for a new set of educational videos that focus on Olympic athletes to generate interest in engineering.

One of the state groups designing tests for the common standards seeks feedback on its definition of college readiness, which is central to the assessment's development.

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.


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