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January 25, 2016

Is Common-Core Math Leading to More Memorization Than Intended?

Common-core math aims to have students do less memorizing—but it's being misinterpreted to have students do more, argues a math education professor.

January 22, 2016

New York City Moves to 'Departmentalize' Math Teaching for 5th Graders

The school district is looking to departmentalize math instruction for 5th grade students as part of a push for stronger algebra preparation.

January 20, 2016

GED Lowers Passing Score, Tens of Thousands More Could Get HS Credentials

The change was prompted by data showing that students who passed the revised GED are doing better in college than recent high school graduates.

January 07, 2016

For Parents Confused by Common-Core Math, Ask the Teacher for Help

A recent piece is reigniting the common-core math homework discussion.

December 28, 2015

Testing, Math, and Music: Top 10 Curriculum Matters Posts for 2015

Each year, we take a look at Curriculum Matters' most-read blog posts, and in 2015 it seems two major themes got readers clicking: common-core testing and math instruction.

December 17, 2015

Calif. Districts to Tweak Placement Policies for Accelerated Math

Under a new California law, districts must put into place "fair, objective, and transparent" placement policies for 9th grade math classes by the beginning of the next school year.

December 16, 2015

Literacy and Arts Programs See Boost Under Federal Budget Deal

Congress released a budget deal that would give several literacy programs an increase in funding, and keep funding for STEM partnerships and Advanced Placement steady.

December 01, 2015

Common-Core Algebra: A Barrier to Graduation in New York?

New York has redesigned its Regents algebra test, which students must pass to graduate, to align to the common core. And the scores have consequently plummeted.

November 12, 2015

Most ACT Test-Takers Aren't Ready for College STEM Courses, Report Says

A new benchmark to measure students' readiness for first-year college courses expected for majors in STEM fields shows that only 20 percent of high school students meet that mark.

October 28, 2015

EdReports Revises Curriculum Ratings, Some Publishers' Scores Improve

A nonprofit that reviews curricula for common-core alignment, which came under fire after initially posting low ratings for nearly all the texts it analyzed, has tweaked its process—and consequently upped the scores for several publishers.

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