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April 27, 2015

Researchers Look to Identify 'Priority' Vocabulary Words for All Subjects

A new research initiative aims to find the most critical vocabulary needed for reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

April 14, 2015

Common-Core Alignment Tool: Looking at Grade-Level Textbooks

The toolkit for determining whether publishers' instructional materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards has grown once again.

April 08, 2015

NCLB Rewrite Expands Definition of 'Core Subjects,' Sparks Testing Outcry

The Senate draft adds writing, computer science, technology, music, and physical education to the list of "core academic subjects."

March 31, 2015

NAEP Scores Show Little Progress in Students' Grasp of Vocabulary

Students in 4th, 8th and 12th grade show an interesting mix of strength and weakness in their ability to choose the right meaning of vocabulary words in context.

February 11, 2015

Holding 3rd Graders Back in Mississippi? No. Well, Maybe

Lawmakers vote to delay the 3rd grade reading gate scheduled for this year, but many had second thoughts about their votes.

October 06, 2014

Common-Core Teaching: Balancing Grade-Level and 'Frustration-Level' Texts

Teachers and academic scholars are debating ways to interpret, and teach, the text-complexity expectations of the Common Core State Standards.

September 23, 2014

'Banned Books Week' Spotlights Censorship Efforts

The 32-year-old event encourages the reading of books that have been challenged or banned from bookstores and libraries.

September 02, 2014

Music Training May Lead to Faster Speech Processing, Study Says

Elementary students who participated in a music enrichment program for two years showed improvement in their ability to process speech sounds, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

August 04, 2014

4th Graders Struggle With Icons, Directions on Computer-Based Tests

Fourth graders struggled with some of the most basic functions on a computer-based writing assessment, according to a recent federal study.

June 03, 2014

District Leaders Mostly Back Common Core, But Troubled by Implementation

A survey of 500 district superintendents and administrators across 48 states shows mostly strong support for the common-core standards, but it also finds concern that the standards are being implemented too quickly with insufficient support.

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