The National PTA creates guidance for parents on the new common standards.
Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.
The American Federation of Teachers wades into the question of how curriculum should be developed for the common standards.
The new PISA exam will focus on such matters as planning and managing financies, dealing with credit cards, and consumer rights.
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill as approved on a largely party-line vote in the House.
Recent EdWeek posts on a variety of curriculum-related topics.
By guest blogger Michelle D. Anderson As debate rages on about what American students should be studying to boost employment and sustain the nation's global competitiveness, one group has decided to draw attention to the declining state of humanities in light of the heavy emphasis on the "hard sciences." In response to a bipartisan congressional request, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 17 announced the creation of a commission that will improve teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Senators and House representatives from four states have charged the commission with determining the top ten ...
Scientists must become more involved in educating the public about science and supporting K-12 students' interest in science, according to Alice S. Huang, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
As part of his budget plan for the National Science Foundation, the White House wants to launch a $40 million teacher-training research and development program in the STEM fields.
President Obama has reiterated his proposal from last year to consolidate a variety of curriculum-related programs into three broader, competitive funds, but with less money attached to each.