The U.S. Department of Education announces $67 million in grants to groups of states to design tests for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.

Stories focus on introducing algebra in the early grades, using "RTI" to refocus math instruction, and other topics.

The Church of Scientology publicizes its system for enhancing study effectiveness.

Several new reports focus on aspects of improving K-12 education in the STEM fields.

Minnesota becomes the 38th state to adopt the common standards, but only in English/language arts

The South Dakota board of education votes to move common standards to the public-hearing stage.

State assessment consortia get more money from federal officials.

There are still more developments in promoting STEM education this week (beyond Obama's call for 10,000 new STEM teachers over two years). First, the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices today kicked off a public-private partnership with states and a business alliance called Innovate+Educate to improve STEM education through the "sharing of best practices and leveraging industry investments," according to a press release. Meanwhile, the Business-Higher Education Forum and Raytheon Company yesterday announced a set of new activities to help policymakers and educators improve STEM education. They include a package of "hands-on tools" as well as a ...

Teaching reading across the disciplines is a key challenge of the common standards, argues Core Knowledge Foundation founder E.D. Hirsch Jr.

A physics and engineering teacher at a California high school is among this year's 23 MacArthur Fellows.


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