An organization of state directors of career and technical education has released a set of common standards in that subject.

We've written in this blog and in EdWeek about teachers' often frustrating search for instructional materials that reflect the common standards. There is more and more stuff out there, of course, but finding it and figuring out how good it is are big challenges. In that light, it's interesting to note that the American Federation of Teachers has unveiled a new website that offers lesson plans and other curricular resources. My colleague Stephen Sawchuk has the details for you over at Teacher Beat. The website, "Share My Lesson," is being populated by teachers, who are uploading materials they think might ...

A website helps students track the child slave labor used to produce things they own.

A professional development group has won a $4.3 million contract to train teachers as leaders in the PARCC assessment system.

Unless you've been napping for the last few years, you know that the college agenda is casting a huge shadow over the education policy landscape, with lots of ruminating about preparation, access, success, and completion. Onto that landscape comes a new report that certificates—not associate degrees, and not bachelor's degrees—are the fastest-growing type of postsecondary credential in the United States. Not only are they affordable and typically much quicker to get than two- or four-year degrees, they can be a steppingstone to higher degrees and can "often" yield nice financial returns, according to the Georgetown Center on Education...

The leader of one of the groups that drove the common-standards initiative steps down.

A forthcoming book finds that U.S. classrooms are providing unequal access to math and science content, suggesting it's not simply an issue that places low-income and minority students at a disadvantage, but that the variations exist for students of all backgrounds. In fact, the two authors found the widest differences among schools that serve middle-class families. "The data presented in this book strongly suggest that educational inequalities pose a risk to every child," write co-authors William Schmidt, an education professor at Michigan State University, and Curtis McKnight, a professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. "Variation in content coverage ...

Recent data point to an achievement gap in STEM based on gender in the United States, as seen in results from the Advanced Placement program, NAEP, and international tests.

The new education leader of the National Governors Association sees the organization's role as helping governors build the support they need to implement the changes necessary on many fronts to make the common core a success.

McGraw-Hill has named a new leader for its educational division, which soon will become a separate company.


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