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January 20, 2012

STEM Education Gets Boost from New Round of Grants

Efforts to improve STEM education are getting a boost from several recent announcements, including grants from the NSF and the Gates Foundation.

January 10, 2012

Curriculum the Missing Ingredient in School Reform, Book Says

A 25-year veteran of educational publishing argues that curriculum is too often ignored in efforts to improve schooling, and that the process for developing and selecting curricular materials needs to change.

January 09, 2012

Math Problems Using Slavery Upset Families in Georgia School

One question on a math worksheet asked: 'If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

January 06, 2012

New Hampshire Law Gives Parents More Say Over Curriculum

A measure just approved in New Hampshire gives parents new authority to seek alternatives to any aspect of the school curriculum they find objectionable.

December 28, 2011

The Most Significant Curriculum Stories of 2011

Common standards, assessments and STEM education dominated the year's curriculum stories.

December 22, 2011

Will NCLB Waivers Reverse Narrowing of the Curriculum?

Some states seeking federal waivers under No Child Left Behind would add assessments in other subjects to make accountability decisions.

December 20, 2011

Arizona High School to Offer New STEM Diplomas

An Arizona high school will soon offer two advanced diplomas with a STEM emphasis.

December 16, 2011

Budget Deal Restores Literacy Aid, Cuts U.S. History Program

A new budget compromise would restore the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program, but abolish or cut some other curriculum-related initiatives.

December 15, 2011

Is Accountability Compatible With Well-Rounded Learning?

In a recent speech to social studies educators, Secretary Duncan explored the tension between "real accountability" and promoting a "well-rounded" education.

December 14, 2011

Ohio Bill Mandates Teaching of U.S. Historical Documents

Ohio measure would require schools to teach the "original texts" of several historical documents, including the U.S. Constitution.

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