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April 05, 2017

Chicago Wants High School Students to Create Postsecondary Plans

The city is making plans to require students to create postsecondary plans or risk not graduating with a diploma.

March 08, 2017

Study: To Get High School Students Interested in STEM, Invest in Parents

When parents of high schoolers are given guidance on how to talk about the importance of science and math, their children are more likely to score well on a STEM standardized test and, years later, pursue a STEM career, a study finds.

February 27, 2017

Smarter Balanced Looks to Combine Common-Core and College-Entrance Tests

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium put out a request for proposal today seeking a partnership to create a test that both measures standards-mastery and can be used for college admissions.

October 14, 2016

E.D. Hirsch on Why Text Complexity Is a 'Myth' (Audio Interview)

In these audio clips, the author and retired professor discusses how background knowledge affects reading comprehension, why he thinks the common core's focus on reading complex texts is useless, and what education policymakers can learn from France.

September 14, 2016

Obama Administration Continues Push for Computer Science Education

With its eight years in the White House rolling to a close, the Obama administration is continuing to beat the drum on improving K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math education—with particular attention to computer science.

September 07, 2016

Just 1 in 4 High School Seniors Have Taken Statistics

Three-quarters of 12th graders attend schools that offer statistics courses, but less than a quarter of students actually take them, according to a recent analysis of national data.

August 24, 2016

Two-Thirds of U.S. 11th Graders Now Taking ACT, While Scores Drop Slightly

The decline in scores is not unexpected, say company representatives, because more states began requiring all 11th graders take the college readiness exam.

August 03, 2016

What's Keeping Women Out of Science, Math Careers? Calculus and Confidence

It's well-known there's a gender gap within science, technology, engineering, and math majors and careers, and a new study traces the moment many women give up on STEM to a single college class: calculus.

June 23, 2016

Will ESSA Make It Harder for Low-Income Students to Pay Advanced Placement Fees?

A change to the federal AP/IB program under the Every Student Succeeds Act means states and districts will need to think hard about continuing to cover low-income students' testing fees.

June 15, 2016

What Does 'Proficient' on the NAEP Test Really Mean?

A Twitter spat illustrates how complicated it can be to determine what scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress really say about student learning.

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