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February 10, 2012

Trends in AP Test-Taking: Bonjour Geography, Adieu French

Question: What do geography, Chinese language and culture, computer science, world history, and environmental science have in common? Answer: They're apparently becoming a lot more popular subjects in high school, at least based on one national measure. Participation in Advanced Placement tests in...

February 09, 2012

Think Tank Raises Alarm of Federal Overreach Into Curriculum

In a new white paper, the Pioneer Institute suggests that the U.S. Department of Education may be violating prohibitions against a federally dictated curriculum.

February 07, 2012

Obama Unveils STEM Ed. Plans at White House Science Fair

At a White House science fair today, President Obama announced several new initiatives to improve STEM education.

February 02, 2012

STEM Coalition Blasts Plan to End Science Testing Mandate

A Republican plan to abolish the federal mandate for science testing across states is facing sharp criticism from a coalition of groups promoting improved STEM learning.

February 02, 2012

Common Standards, Not Tests, for Charter Schools Network

A charter schools network with schools in both New York and Connecticut exemplifies the challenge of having common standards without fully common assessments.

February 02, 2012

States Exploring a Creativity Index for Schools

Officials in several states are exploring the idea of developing a creativity index for schools.

January 31, 2012

Ind. Bill Adds New Wrinkle to Debate on Teaching Creationism

A bill in Indiana would require public schools that teach creationism to address origin theories from multiple religions.

January 31, 2012

Review Gives Many States 'D' or 'F' for Science Standards

Science standards in about half of the states deserve a grade of D or F, concludes a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

January 26, 2012

GAO: Overlap in STEM Programs, But 'Not Necessarily Duplication'

A new GAO report finds overlap in federal STEM education programs, but suggests they are not necessarily duplicative.

January 25, 2012

Va. Senate Votes to End Science, History Testing for 3rd Graders

The Virginia Senate delivered a bipartisan vote in favor of a bill that would end required state testing of 3rd graders in science and history.

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