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.

Federal officials have been struggling to set more uniform policies for testing English-language learners and special education students for years.

I often hear math teachers and others talk about the importance of the study of statistics in high school, and how they believe it's unfairly shunned, in favor of other math studies, particularly calculus. There are others who say statistics, in fact, is getting its due. The College Board, for instance, offers an AP test in that subject and sometimes you'll hear of a high school offering some other kind of statistics-focused course. The New York Times has a story this week about the growing need for statisticians in the job market, which they suggest is a result of the ...

The Squire Family Foundation is trying to expand the availability of philosophy classes in high schools across the nation.

A paper examines the connection between college majors and devotion to religion.

Research shows that when information in a film doesn't match what's in a history text, students are more likely to remember the film version, according to the EdWeek blog, Inside School Research

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