Cesar Chavez, a Latino civil rights and labor leader, is cited in the draft of the revised Texas social studies standards, even though one of the six "experts" appointed by the Texas state board of education to advise standards writing teams questioned if he should be included. But some other historical figures who are listed in the social studies standards now in place in Texas have been removed from the proposed standards and replaced with other people. In the U.S. history standards for high school, for example, Shirley Chisholm, the late congresswoman from New York*, and Franklin D. Roosevelt ...


A Michigan scholar's own learning experiences as a student in his native China shapes his perspective on American education reform.


I spoke this week with Gail A. Lowe, the chairwoman of the Texas state board of education, and she told me that state board members support Texas Commissioner Robert Scott's decision not to join the effort to create national common standards. Since Missouri got on board, only three states—Texas, Alaska, and South Carolina—are still holding out. Lowe picked up on some critics' views that the drafting of the common standards has not been transparent, saying she has a "concern that something is done in a group in secret, and we don't know where it's headed." She added: "The work...


Evolution is being covered more extensively and better in state science standards than was true nearly a decade ago, according to a review of the standards in 50 states and the District of Columbia by the National Center for Science Education.


Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has created a free curriculum to teach high school students about refugee and migration issues.


The California state board of education won't approve new textbooks for K-8 students until January 2016 at the earliest because of reduced state spending in the budget for textbooks, according to The Los Angeles Times.


Six states participating in a project funded by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices have succeeded in more than doubling participation of minority and low-income students in Advanced Placement courses in their states.


Missouri has joined the effort to create national common standards, so now only three states are not on board. The holdouts are Alaska*, South Carolina, and Texas. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also agreed to take part. An Aug. 7 press release (tweeted by @ASCDpolicy) says that the Missouri state board of education voted on Aug. 6 to join the common standards initiative. Earlier this summer, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, had announced his commitment to the undertaking. *corrected from earlier version...


Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor, is creating a curriculum that he believes will help African-American students to become more engaged in learning. It's a curriculum for having them trace their own genealogy.


Representatives of the organizations overseeing the common standards effort briefed the board that sets policy for the NAEP.


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