Just a reminder to the math-happy among us that we're staging a live chat today on your favorite subject. The topic is high school math: Why does U.S. students' performance appear to stagnate at the high school level, despite the relative progress made at earlier grades? Our guests are Hank Kepner, the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Susan Eddins, a math consultant and a retired, longtime teacher at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. You can watch, and submit questions, at this site. UPDATE: Here's the transcript from the chat....

Organizers of Kanawha County's infamous textbook battles hold a reunion to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the violent protests.

Among his many legislative accomplishments, Ted Kennedy helped shape the NAEP test and protect its objectivity.

A survey of science teachers shows support for a national curriculum, and a call for more help, particularly among elementary educators.

Arne Duncan talks teacher recruitment, federal funding, in a forum with science experts.

You want more uniform policies for the NAEP, when it comes to testing students with disabilities and English language learners? Federal officials want your input.

The National Math and Science Initiative, which seeks to provide training to teachers to lead AP classes, as well as cash incentives, appears to be showing results.

To keep up with the issues of the times, Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting civics education, has added a chapter on immigration law and policy to its new textbook for high school courses in "practical law." "Everyone needs to think about what our immigration policy should be," said Lee Arbetman, the director of U.S. programs for Street Law, in explaining why the 2010 Street Law textbook has included immigration issues. The organization lines up law students to co-teach classes about the nation's laws with high school teachers. Typically, the class is taught as an elective. I mention ...

Students in the United States show little distinction compared with most other countries in reading, mathematics, or science at any grade level or age, according to a special analysis released this week by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

While reporting on trends in civic education I came across a couple of video clips from this spring when retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," produced by Comedy Central. They could be a resource for a U.S. government class.


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