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September 10, 2010

Friday Roundup Part II: Math, Arts Ed., Financial Literacy, and Book Bans

A quick roundup of developments in math, financial literacy, arts education, and book banning.

September 10, 2010

Friday Roundup: 21st-Century Skills, Reading Programs

A couple of curriculum-related bits for you this morning: • We told you recently that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills was moving in with the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Checker Finn weighs in on this in the organization's weekly newsletter....

September 08, 2010

Reading Roundup: An Angry Board of Ed, Gates Report

A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes ...

August 26, 2010

U.S. Army to End GED Program for Recruits

With the U.S. Army finding more success in its recruiting efforts, it's phasing out a pilot program to help new soldiers earn a GED.

August 24, 2010

STEM School Proving a Big Draw for Minnesota District

A new STEM-focused school in Minnesota appears to be drawing families back to the Richfield district.

August 23, 2010

Reading Roundup: Quality Assessments and More

Some thoughts worth a look this morning: • A new report from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University's School of Education raises flags about using the SAT and ACT to size up high school student achievement. • An EdWeek commentary takes on some of the teachi...

August 20, 2010

Will the Common Standards Change Curriculum?

A wave of curricular responses to the common standards is building.

August 19, 2010

A New Entry in Common-Standards Curriculum Work

The liberal-arts group Common Core releases free online "curriculum maps" for the common standards.

August 18, 2010

Idaho Institutes Mandate for Middle Schoolers to Advance

Idaho this year will require all middle schoolers to complete at least 80 percent of class credits to advance to the next grade level.

August 12, 2010

Common Standards, Accountability, the Feds, and Texas

The common-standards initiative is in transition. For a while, it was all about development. The next wave was about state adoptions. Now states and districts are trying to figure out how to turn the standards into teachable stuff for kids. In that spirit, Kathleen Porter-Magee, over at the Fordha...

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