Teaching to the test is not a problem in schools as long as it is the right test, argue a couple of commentators in an on-line debate, "What Do School Tests Measure?," published by the New York Times this week.
Britain's Tory party proposes an online database of national tests, from different eras.
Jim Burke, an English teacher in Virginia, posts his version of what students need to know and be able to do in English to prepare for college and the workplace.
Math is becoming increasing important to the study of biology, a new paper argues.
A new effort in Chicago seeks to help high school students make the plunge into college-level math and science.
Students who major in "STEM" fields tend to have more success in completing college studies than peers with other interests.
A free curriculum has been created that has a goal of helping Native Americans to prevent diabetes. It's aimed for children in grades K-12 at tribal schools or schools with a lot of Native Americans.
Researchers commissioned by the Wallace Foundation report findings on what arts educators consider to be a high-quality arts program. One important aspect is to engage students on many levels.
The United States isn't the only place to host contentious debates over what belongs in science standards. A proposed rewrite of Britain's academic guidelines for primary school teaching in that subject, the first such revision in England in more than 20 years, has drawn objections from some of the country's leading scientists, including renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins and other scientists, in a letter to Britain's children's secretary, voice concerns that the draft does not address the theory of evolution, the scientific method, or give students an overall sense of why science is important in society, the Guardian reports. ...
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is seeking public comment on revised standards for certification of accomplished history and social studies teachers.