Question: What do geography, Chinese language and culture, computer science, world history, and environmental science have in common? Answer: They're apparently becoming a lot more popular subjects in high school, at least based on one national measure. Participation in Advanced Placement tests in these subjects has grown most rapidlyfrom a percentage standpointwhen comparing the number of tests taken by the graduating class of 2011 with the class of 2010. That's based on my quick analysis of new data from the College Board's 8th annual AP Report to the Nation, which provides an interesting window into subject preferences...
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Guest post by Ross Brenneman For those who knew "when the tripods came," the Feb. 3 death of English author John Christopher hurt. Christopher, born Samuel Youd, was a prolific science fiction writer, penning over 50 books and several trilogies. He passed away at the age of 89. While Christopher gained popularity with The Death of Grass in 1956, most kids would come to know him best from the Tripods trilogy, about an alien race that enslaves humankind sometime at the end of the 20th century. (Hopefully NASA is still on the lookout.) A young boy named Will, knowing no ...
In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.
A public-private initiative in Boston to vastly increase access to quality arts education in schools just received a new infusion of $4 million.
A survey of parents, teachers and district administrators shows that they find more value in formative tests than summative ones, but also shows a lot of confusion about various types of tests.
At a White House science fair today, President Obama announced several new initiatives to improve STEM education.
Charles Dickens turns 200 today.
South Dakota lawmakers are considering forcing the state board of education to hold a second public-comment period on the common core standards.
Close-reading isn't anything new, and it's amazing that more instructional leaders don't know about it and use it, a curriculum consultant argues.