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June 09, 2010

Maryland District, Ed. Publisher Forge Unusual Alliance

A Maryland district is teaming up with educational publisher Pearson to revamp the school system's elementary curriculum and then make the model available to other districts to purchase.

June 08, 2010

Ohio Board Backs Common Standards

The Ohio state board of education yesterday unanimously approved the common-core standards.

June 02, 2010

Common-Core Standards Released

The long-awaited final version of the academic standards in math and English/language arts were released this morning. Take a look at my story. I'll be updating it later today, after a press conference outside Atlanta orchestrated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief Stat...

May 10, 2010

Creeping Kudzu and Teaching Writing: the Connection

The editor of a journal for student research papers argues that an "evidence-based" approach to literacy instruction can undermine good teaching.

May 04, 2010

Common-Standards Writers Speak: Chapter 2

We don't get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews w...

April 27, 2010

Articles Examine Links Between Science Ed. and Literacy

The latest issue of the journal Science features a set of articles that explores the link between science learning and language skills.

April 14, 2010

Writing Can Improve Reading Skill, Study Finds

Key strategies to build students' writing skills can enhance their reading comprehension, a new report says.

April 12, 2010

Tackling Boys' Reading Difficulties

The education gaps between boys and girls have long drawn attention. For a while, the focus was on girls lagging behind boys in math and science. More lately, attention has been focusing on how boys trail behind girls in reading. A new report by the Center on Education Policy examines this issue. (...

April 01, 2010

Feedback on Common Core English/Language Arts Standards

In the same spirit as my post yesterday, which offers up at least a teensy slice of the feedback on the math portion of the common standards, here are some responses to the English/language arts section. Some of these have been formally submitted on the initiative's website as feedback during the ...

March 25, 2010

Exclusion Rates in NAEP: A Pot Still Simmering

Questions persist about the effect of exclusion rates on NAEP scores.

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