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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.

April 18, 2014

Bringing Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) to the Classroom

Columbian writer—and arguably one of the most influential novelists of the 20th century—Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at age 87.

April 14, 2014

Captain Underpants, Bluest Eye, Top ALA List of Most Challenged Books

The American Library Association's annual 'State of the Libraries' list singles out books that are most often challenged as inappropriate reading for young people.

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