The U.S. is not exactly a world leader in producing top-tier performers in math and science.

Artist-endowed foundations are reportedly growing in number and financial strength.

Mixed into the optimistic visions of the folks working on new assessments for the common standards are some more-skeptical strains. One recent example I've come across: a prediction from George Wood, the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, that the new tests won't prove, in the end, to be all that different from the tests we've got now. An interesting aspect of Wood's essay is his description of the performance-based testing at his small Ohio high school: Take a look at what students there are doing in order to demonstrate their knowledge. Both of the main assessment ...

New guidance from the Department of Education warns states not to wander too far from their Race to the Top plans.

[Correction: This blog post should have said that the NAEP math items examined in the Brookings Institution study were, on average, two to three years below the 8th grade math recommended by the common-core standards. The algebra items were at about the 6th grade level. The items from the "numbers" strand were at about the 5th grade level.] A new analysis from the Brookings Institution raises questions anew about what the advent of common standards—and the development of common assessments to complement them—means for the future of NAEP, often called "America's report card." Overall, the report suggests...

A crusader for high school research papers gets a national boost for his cause.

If you teach math, you might find a new guide to the common standards useful. Released today by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the guide tries to build a bridge between its own math standards, which are widely used in schools across the country, and the math in the common standards. The new set, as you know from reading this space, has been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia, so lots of school folks are asking for guidance implementing them. The NCTM's guide includes both a print version and an online interactive version. Other resources ...

The legislation would pay teachers for each student who achieves a score of 3 or above on AP tests in math and science.

A new report finds that states are planning changes in key aspects of their K-12 systems to align to the common core standards, but most of those changes are years away.

A new edition of Huckleberry Finn replaces the "n word" with the word "slave."


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