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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

Kentucky Becomes the First State to Adopt Common Standards

The Kentucky board of education voted unanimously this morning to adopt the common standards. It's the first state to do so. And it did so even before the first public draft of the K-12 standards has been issued. (Nonpublic drafts have been circulating among state officials for review.) The origin...

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 08, 2010

Is Race to Top Fueling Skepticism of Common Standards?

I'm not telling you anything new when I mention that many people are less than thrilled when federal officials start exerting a broader influence on local schools. This skepticism has long roots, and has cropped up time and time again in education debates. As I track the development of the common-s...

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 04, 2010

Recess Improves Student Learning, Principals Say

We all know that children—most of them—anyway, love recess. It was probably my favorite "subject" in elementary school, and my heart raced when I heard the bell go off and we were free to hit the playground. But what's being billed as the "first ever" national poll of elementary school pri...

February 04, 2010

USA Today: More Students Taking, Failing, AP Tests

A newspaper examines AP test data and finds that more students are taking the exams but more are also failing them.

February 03, 2010

State Boards Lack Information on Common-Core Standards

State boards of education seem to be lacking a good deal of information about the proposed common-core standards. And in most states, these panelists will be the folks who will have to decide whether to adopt them. That message emerged clearly from Day 2 of a meeting of Western board members I att...

February 02, 2010

States Can't Pick and Choose Among Common Standards

States that adopt the common standards must adopt 100 percent of the document, according to two officials working on the initiative. This clarification emerged yesterday from a meeting in Las Vegas organized by the National Association of State Boards of Education. NASBE is holding a series of thes...

February 02, 2010

Abstinence-Only Program Can Delay Teen Sex, Study Finds

An experimental, abstinence-only approach to sex education can delay young teenagers from engaging in sexual activity, a new study finds

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