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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.

July 18, 2012

Obama Aims to Develop STEM Master Teacher Corps

President Obama is looking to create a national master-teacher corps for the STEM disciplines.

July 17, 2012

Study: U.S. Test Gains Middling Compared With Other Nations

The rate at which U.S. students have improved their achievement since 1995 falls in the middle of the pack when compared with other, mostly industrialized nations, a new study drawing on standardized test data finds. In addition, the researchers shed light on which U.S. states have seen the fastest...

July 16, 2012

Gift to Support STEM Schools Focused on Biotech, Agriscience

A $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help to develop a network of STEM-themed schools in North Carolina with a focus on biotechnology and agriscience.

July 13, 2012

Parents Are an 'Untapped Resource' to Push STEM, Study Says

A new study finds that a simple intervention with parents can lead to their adolescent children taking more math and science courses.

July 12, 2012

Videos Draw on Olympic Sports for Engineering Lessons

The National Science Foundation and NBC have teamed up for a new set of educational videos that focus on Olympic athletes to generate interest in engineering.

July 10, 2012

Many Students Find Schoolwork 'Too Easy,' Report Says

If perception is reality, a lot of schools are failing to challenge their students, a Washington think tank concludes in a new report. Drawing on a rich set of student-survey data, the Center for American Progress cites some alarming statistics in the report, released today. Many students, it seems...

July 10, 2012

Girls Report Higher Math Anxiety Than Boys, Study Finds

A British study finds that girls encounter higher levels of math anxiety than boys, and that this distress has a negative effect on student achievement.

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