Teachers and others share a variety of views on the common standards.
Only about 14 percent of middle school teachers surveyed use a pattern of instruction that regularly engages students in the "practices of science."
The commitment of up to $4.8 million over four years is intended to help the Lancaster district become a model in the state.
At a panel discussion last week, experts argued for giving ample classroom time and attention to history, science, and the arts.
Teachers nationwide are working toward being prepared for the common standards, but there is still a lot of work to do.
Although most teachers know about the common standards, many do not feel fully prepared yet to teach them, a new survey finds.
The Mass Math + Science Initiative is showing promise in getting more minority students to take, and pass, AP exams.
Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer publish a print edition as the editors finalize a transition to digital formats that began decades ago.
The governing board for NAEP is exploring changes to expand and make far greater use of the background information collected when NAEP is administered.
The guidelines follow the release last year of a report saying a majority of states deserved an F for their standards on teaching civil rights history.