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March 10, 2010

Praise and Criticism for Grade-by-Grade Common Standards

There is an interesting mix of reactions taking shape to the first public draft of the K-12 common standards. (Yes, these folks viewed advance, embargoed copies, or already had the draft because it's been circulated among state leaders.) Check out our story on www.edweek.org, and check back again a...

March 09, 2010

Calling All Teachers: Input Needed on Common Standards

The public-comment period on the grade-by-grade common standards opens tomorrow, and the drafters are very interested in what teachers will have to say about them. Some teachers have been involved in creating the standards, but the folks at the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National...

February 26, 2010

Senators Unveil Bill to Promote Engineering Education

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators this week introduced legislation to promote and improve engineering education in schools. "As a nation, our future success depends on our ability to produce a greater number of engineers," Sen. Edward E. Kaufman, D-Del., a co-sponsor of the bill who claims to be ...

February 16, 2010

Study: Physics-Teacher Prep System 'Mostly Incoherent'

A task force concludes that the "national system of preparing physics teachers is "largely inefficient, mostly incoherent, and massively unprepared to deal with the current and future needs" of U.S. students.

February 11, 2010

The Push Toward College: Some Interesting Messages

We've had so much snow here in Washington that we're all on snowverload. (Some are calling it snowverkill, but I like my own word, "snowverload," better. I welcome the grammarians to bring it on.) So perhaps it's all the white stuff getting to me. But I see an odd connection in three stories of in...

February 10, 2010

Another Major 'STEM' Education Advocate Leaving Congress

U.S. Rep. Vernon Ehlers of Michigan, a major champion of improving STEM education, has announced plans to step from Congress.

February 10, 2010

Judge Sends Seattle Back to Drawing Board on Math Materials

In what seems like an unusual step by the judiciary, a judge in Washington state has ordered the Seattle school board to reconsider its choice of math materials for high schools across the district, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The court finds, based upon a review of the entire administ...

February 09, 2010

Step Aside Math and English, New Science Standards to Come

If you've been reading this blog in recent months, you've heard a great deal about the effort to develop common standards in math and English/language arts, including a post just yesterday by my colleague and co-blogger, Catherine. But you might not know about a separate effort getting under way to...

February 05, 2010

New Survey Data Out on Arts Educators, Science Students

A majority of arts educators say NCLB has not reduced art staffing in their districts, but nearly half report that it's led to budget cuts to art programs.

February 02, 2010

Students Taking More 'STEM' Courses to Graduate

A recent study finds that 2005 high school graduates earned more credits in "STEM" courses than did their counterparts from 1990.

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