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April 26, 2013

Students Take the National Stage to Recite Poetry

Contest sponsors urge viewing parties to watch one-time-only live webcast of high school students performing the work of great poets.

April 10, 2013

Knowing How to Spell Won't Be Enough for National Spelling Bee Competition

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee will incorporate some changes including a computer-based test and a multiple-choice element.

April 05, 2013

Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing?

The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.

March 15, 2013

Math, Reading Gaps By Gender Persist, Global Study Finds

Achievement gaps persist by gender persist across the globe, a new study finds, with boys lagging in reading and girls lagging in math.

February 25, 2013

AP English, U.S. History Biggest Draw, Outpacing STEM, Data Show

English and U.S. history continue to be the most popular AP subjects, new data show, though participation in STEM disciplines continues to rise.

January 30, 2013

Teachers Mine 'Text Dependent' Questions For Basal Readers

A free online bank of rewritten questions and tasks for popular basal readers is getting some attention from teachers.

January 17, 2013

Public Comment Opens on Draft Common-Core Test-Accommodations Policy

One of the two state assessment consortia, PARCC, solicits feedback on two key facets of its proposed accommodations policy.

January 14, 2013

Survey: E-book Popularity Soaring, But Kids Still Love Printed Books

More than half the children surveyed said they still want to read books on paper even though electronic versions are available.

January 10, 2013

'Dramatic' Increase in Reading Needed for Common Core, Guides Say

A new set of guidelines suggests that teachers need not cut back on literature to meet the "informational text" demands of the common core.

December 28, 2012

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back

Standards advocates step up to counter weeks of accusations that the common core will weaken the role of literature in the classroom.

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