From guest blogger Nora Fleming Student writing skills can be improved in the classroom by having teachers provide students regular feedback, track their progress, and encourage them to evaluate their own skills, finds a new report from the Carnegie Corporation of New Yorkreleased today. "Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment" examines whether formative assessment can improve students' writing skills and what techniques are best to help them improve. The research was published by the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group based in Washington that supports college readiness for high school students. The report draws on earlier findings from "Writing...


The latest SAT scores show a decline in all areas, but the College Board says four in 10 of those taking the test meet its definition of "college ready."


The ASCD beefs up its staff to support professional development for the common standards.


The new grant will help expand a computer science initiative overseen by two San Diego universities.


Preschoolers experience a drop in their executive brain function immediately after watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," a new study finds.


Professional groups team up to offer help transitioning to the common standards.


A retired teacher who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is remembered in a video tribute.


A new study from two professors with expertise in teaching the social studies examine how textbooks and state standards handle the 9/11 attacks and related issues.


The teaching of Arabic in U.S. schools, while still relatively rare, has grown significantly since the 9/11 attacks.


In honor of International Literacy Day, the International Reading Association calls attention to the traits of good teacher preparation.


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