The editorial draws on the recent National Academies report, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited."

A new study documents substantial gaps among states in what they expect students to master.

Recent papers and discussions explore high school students' weak skills in writing and research.

A court ruling this week held a potent message for teachers: you can't use the First Amendment to defend your curricular decisions. The federal appeals court ruling out of Cincinnati notes that the school board has the ultimate right to set policy in that area, and to fire teachers whose choices fly in the face of that policy. Other readings of interest this week: • College admissions: The National Association of College Admissions Counselors released its annual report on college admissions, confirming what many of us already know: students are applying to more schools, and they're doing more of it online....

A bill that contains a variety of provisions to advance STEM education is unlikely to be signed into law this year.

New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the common standards.

The assertion regarding African Americans is rejected by most historians.

Now that most states have adopted the common standards, many minds are turning to the question of how to implement them. Case in point: a report out today from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. You might recall that the Fordham folks, here in Washington, have weighed in by grading the common standards, offering state-by-state comparisons, and mulling pesky governance questions about them. In today's report, they bring to bear the thoughts of a stable of experts on how to turn these standards into real classroom teaching (they also hit again on those governance questions). Interesting discussions. But one thing that ...

An Associated Press story highlights examples of a resurgence in glee clubs in Delaware.

Obama has used the bully pulpit repeatedly over the past year to plug STEM education.

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