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August 08, 2012

Arm Wrestling for STEM

From guest blogger Gina Cairney STEM advocates are always looking for novel ways to entice more girls and women into science, technology, engineering, and math. That's why a group of women in Durham, N.C., host fundraisers that benefit women and girls. But they're not your run-of-the-mill fundraisers.

August 02, 2012

Algebra-for-All Policy Harmed High-Achievers, Study Finds

A new study finds that Chicago's algebra-for-all policy took a toll on high-achieving students, and that the main reason was a shift to mixed-ability grouping of students.

August 01, 2012

Some Voucher Schools Found to Be Teaching Creationism

Two flashpoints for debate in education circles are vouchers and teaching creationism. Well, today I've found a way to combine them in one blog post. The Associated Press is reporting that some Louisiana private schools participating in the state's new voucher program reject evolution and instead te...

July 31, 2012

Will the Market Embrace Publishers' Criteria for Math Standards?

Analysts say it's not yet clear how influential the new set of 'publishers' criteria for the common-core math standards will prove, but the document appears to be drawing serious attention.

July 31, 2012

Early Reaction to 'Publishers' Criteria' for Math Common Core

Some observers appreciate key aspects of the document, though issues such as proposed restrictions on the length of textbooks are generating debate.

July 24, 2012

Webinar Targets Math Practices and the Common Core

One challenge in implementing the common-core standards in math is helping students not only master key content but also become proficient in the eight standards for mathematical practice laid out in the document. We'll explore the practices in an Education Week webinar Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern ti...

July 24, 2012

Science Teachers' Group Seeks New Head After Shakeup

The NSTA's interim executive director said the board's dismissal of its leader was not emblematic of plans to shift direction as an organization.

July 24, 2012

Astronaut Sally Ride, a Leader in STEM Education, Dies at 61

Sally Ride was not only an astronaut but a leader in STEM education who helped inspire many young people, especially girls, to pursue further study in math and science.

July 23, 2012

Math Guidance for Publishers and Curriculum Developers

In case you missed it, the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards have issued publishers' criteria in math. The criteria outline, in essence, what good curricular materials look like if they fully reflect the standards. My colleague Erik Robelen blogged about the criteria last week when th...

July 20, 2012

Common-Core Writers Issue Math 'Publishers' Criteria'

The new guidelines, which have the backing of several prominent groups, aim to ensure 'faithful' implementation of the math standards.

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