A top Florida schools official has been named as executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the influential NAEP test.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, among others do well in covering bioscience topics, a group of biotech advocates say. Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and others do not.

When you think of Hong Kong, what comes to mind? International financial hub, certainly. Perhaps that spectacular skyline, ablaze in neon. Bruce Lee movies, or, if you're a younger generation of film buff, maybe John Woo. Yet if your primary interest is education, there's a good chance you associate Hong Kong with something else: high-quality math lessons. Devoted readers of Ed Week know that U.S. policymakers are paying a lot more attention to international assessments these days. Perhaps more importantly, they're attempting to use data to move into very detailed analyses of what other countries seem to be doing ...

A draft bill is circulating and could be introduced in Congress later this year which details a federal reading effort that would target children of all ages, essentially from birth to high school. The proposal includes many of the tenets of Reading First, but also includes writing and motivation as key components of effective literacy instruction.

A pair of students will graduate from Arizona State University at the age when most people are still fretting over SAT scores and filling out college applications.

A private school teacher laments the cancellation by the College Board of one of its Advanced Placement Latin exams.

The state plans to create a math-specific test for aspiring elementary teachers. Passing a generic state licensure exam is no longer good enough.

When a federally sponsored study appears to favor two types of early-grades mathematics programs, just how should the education community interpret it?

Talk about "common standards" continues to pop up all over town here in the nation's capital.

Over at Inside School Research, my colleague Debbie Viadero describes Reading for Understanding, a research initiative just announced by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. It's designed to tackle the problem of how children can learn to understand the words they are reading beyond merely sounding them out....

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