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....


What’s the main goal of elementary school science instruction? And why do students who thrive in early-grades science seem to stumble when they reach middle and high school? I explore some of these topics in a story in this week’s issue of Education Week. It’s about efforts by a University of Michigan researcher to cultivate “complex scientific-reasoning” skills in young, urban students. That researcher, Nancy Butler Songer, is challenging elementary students in Detroit not only to understand basic science facts and concepts, but also to understand what science is and what scientists actually do. That means that ...


California will offer "free, open-source" digital textbooks in math and science for high school students, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced. The governor says his state would be the first in the nation to take that step. Maybe there is something to Rahm Emanuel's quip about not letting a good crisis go to waste. Schwarzenegger, in a statement about the plan, suggests that the idea for digitalizing textbooks has come about partly because of California's severe and well-documented budget problems. He says the move will cut costs and encourage collaboration among districts. Schools have shown an increased interest in digital textbooks ...


The Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday offering support for "common, national standards." The editorial also says that improvements on the long-term National Assessment of Educational Progress trend data for younger students, particularly minority students, "can be traced to the standards-based reforms embodied in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and the state efforts that predated it." As I indicated in a story about the long-term data published in this week's Education Week, not everyone would agree with that assessment. Chester E. Finn, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, noted that at least he'd be cautious ...


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