A critique of Florida's science test reflects common concerns across states.


The influential National Council of Teachers of Mathematics wants a say in shaping common academic standards.


As you know I'm new to this curriculum beat, and I gather from the comments on the blog entry I just posted today, "The Problem of Tracking in Middle Schools," that I've hit on a hot topic. Prompted by reader Jginberg, I just called Stacey A. Kopnitsky, the assistant principal at Cabin John Middle School, to ask her what happened to the performance of the gifted and talented students at her school after they were mixed in English-language arts classes with the low-performing students. She says that those students scored "advanced," the highest of three levels, on the Maryland state ...


Michelle Obama discusses her visits to DC schools with NBC's Brian Williams.


At a seminar hosted last week by ACT on improving the quality of education for students in middle schools, Nancy M. Doda, a consultant for Teacher to Teacher, expressed a strong dislike of tracking in middle schools. She explained that she'd recently visited a middle school in Long Island where tracking of successful students and unsuccessful students was so evident that it seemed to be a form of "apartheid." She observed students who referred to themselves as being in the "dumb class," she recalled. "What are we doing about that?," she asked members of a panel who were presenting possible ...


A former education secretary opines about the future of math and science education in this country, and getting universities more involved in K-12.


We should be wary of drawing overly broad policy conclusions from the data presented in the international test known as the PISA, a pair of scholars say.


The Learn Me Good blog has cleverly recast blog posts in this week's Carnival of Education as summer feature films. For instance, my blog entry about teacher George Mayo teaching middle school students how to make films, and teaching literacy at the same time, is recast as Mr. Mayo's Opus. In Don't Mess with the Book Whisperer, a teacher takes to heart Donalyn Miller's recommendation that it's not a good idea to teach one novel to the whole class. What do you think about Miller's seven reasons not to teach the whole class a single novel? Can some of you ...


The National High School Center, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed at the American Institutes for Research, is hosting a discussion about how literacy can be improved in high schools. Terry Salinger, the managing director and chief scientist for reading at the AIR, is available during the month of June to answer questions about that topic. Submit your questions by e-mail. Salinger hasn't posted any questions and answers yet on the site, so maybe she hasn't yet received any. This topic is getting a lot of play within various education organizations. On June 8, ...


Over at Digital Education, Kathleen Kennedy Manzo features online lessons about world hunger created by the United Nations World Food Program. She suggests that the lesson plans, blogs, videos, interactive games and other resources hold more promise of helping children understand world hunger issues than the standard reminders that parents use to urge kids to clean their plates at dinner. (You know the typical words: "Eat your vegetables. Children without food in India would be really happy to eat those.)...


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