The education gaps between boys and girls have long drawn attention. For a while, the focus was on girls lagging behind boys in math and science. More lately, attention has been focusing on how boys trail behind girls in reading. A new report by the Center on Education Policy examines this issue. (See my colleague Erik Robelen's story about the report, as well.) The center's president, Jack Jennings, offers an overview in a commentary newly posted on edweek.org, and argues for systematic strategies to address the boy-girl reading gap. When I reported the most recent NAEP reading scores recently, ...


In a speech this afternoon, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will highlight the importance of a "well-rounded" education.


A new survey of school district officials suggests that cuts are on the rise for academic interventions, electives, textbooks, and field trips.


With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day just two weeks away, a variety of organizations are providing materials online to help make it a teachable moment.


To carry on in the spirit of a couple recent blog posts (here and here), where I've linked to reactions from a variety of folks to the common standards, here are some thoughts from Bert Fristedt, a math professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and former member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. Fristedt did not submit these thoughts to the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers during their public-comment period on the common standards. But he is circulating them by e-mail to interested colleagues and others (with a copy to U.S. Ed. Sec. ...


What's the RTT assessment competition about, and what do some folks have to say about it? Read our story....


A local district attorney in Wisconsin says teachers could face criminal charges if they follow a new state law that allows them to instruct students about proper contraceptive use.


Race to the Top assessment consortia merge into three groups.


A new study finds key costs savings for assessment systems that tilt more toward essays and performance-based items.


A new EdWeek commentary explores what the advent of digital textbooks and related media likely will mean for districts and schools, with some cautions about getting caught up in the e-hype. "What the shift to electronic readers and e-texts portends needs close inspection, with an eye to the impact on teaching and learning, not dreaming or even optimism," writes Gilbert Sewall, the director of the American Textbook Council. On one hand, he says: "[D]igital textbooks offer teachers and districts the chance to break out of standard lessons and use something better. Increased competition and open-source instructional material challenge the ...


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