Alyson Klein reports over at Politics K-12 that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are writing a bill that could replace the federal Reading First program under the No Child Left Behind Act. Our colleague Kathleen Kennedy Manzo already blogged about a literacy bill being drafted in the U.S. Senate that would do the same. I'm working on an article about these literacy bills for the next issue of Education Week....

California's governor makes the case for taking his state's math and science textbooks digital.

EdWeek will host a chat with two experts at 1 p.m., on Tuesday on how zoos, museums, TV shows, films, and "informal" approaches to science ed can help students.

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.

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