Indiana's governor is backing legislation to end "social promotion," but it appears likely to face some serious obstacles.

A key House committee is gearing up to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which promotes STEM education.

What does it mean when far more high school teachers think their students are ready for college than do the college instructors who teach them? It means we have a pretty big disconnect between what high schools think is needed for success in college and what actually is needed. This is not exactly news. We know there are many reasons that high school students fail to make it to college, or fail to thrive once they're there. But a new survey of thousands of high school and college teachers, conducted by ACT Inc., fleshes out a few of the key ...

The Race to the Top applications turned in yesterday offer an interesting preview of what might be in store as states move toward adopting common standards and common assessments aligned to those standards. (You might remember that they have a better shot at getting RTT money if they promise to do those things, and offer evidence that they are actually committed to doing them.) States' applications for this money are gargantuan pretty lengthy. But a little guided tour through the specific sections in a few of the applications, in which they discuss their plans for common standards and common assessments, ...

Arkansas finds that 58 high schools gave inflated grades to 20 percent or more of their students.

The common academic standards in math are still in the nonpublic draft stage, but that doesn't stop people from talking about them. They were the featured topic of a panel discussion at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Francisco this past weekend. One of the panelists, William McCallum, tells me that the idea was to facilitate a lively discussion among panelists and attendees about the proposed standards. The organizers thought the draft would be public by the time of the meeting this past Saturday. But the timeline slipped a ...

"Quality Counts" is required reading; it explores the push for common academic standards.

A new video series explains the science by the athletic feats in the Winter Olympics.

President Obama has repeatedly sought to highlight his support for improving "STEM" education, including at an event last week. But a look at one particular measure—the value it's assigned in the federal Race to the Top competition—raises questions about how high a priority the issue is for the administration. The $4 billion federal competition will rate state applications on a variety of factors, from their commitment to adopting common standards to implementing longitudinal data systems, improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance, and promoting charter schools. To do this, the U.S. Department of Education has developed...

Another input hearing on the Education Department's Race to the Top Assessment competition explores intriguing questions of how to manage the tangle of state procurement rules to produce a collaborative and innovative testing system.


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