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October 14, 2016

E.D. Hirsch on Why Text Complexity Is a 'Myth' (Audio Interview)

In these audio clips, the author and retired professor discusses how background knowledge affects reading comprehension, why he thinks the common core's focus on reading complex texts is useless, and what education policymakers can learn from France.

October 10, 2016

Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing?

In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?

October 06, 2016

Teachers Review 'Promising' Digital Tools for English/Language Arts Instruction

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is publishing reviews, written by teachers, of free and low-cost digital tools that can supplement classroom curricula.

September 30, 2016

Michigan Bill to Retain Struggling Readers Reignites 3rd Grade Literacy Debate

Michigan is the latest state to consider a law that would retain some students who aren't reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.

September 23, 2016

Graphic Novelist and Computer Science Teacher Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist who writes about identity and cultural differences for young adults and spent nearly two decades as a high school computer science teacher, was among 23 winners of the prestigious award.

September 15, 2016

Video: Education Week Explains the Common Core State Standards

You can now watch our short video explainer about what the common core is ... and what it's not.

September 08, 2016

Children's Book Author and Literacy Advocate, Anna Dewdney, Dies at 50

Anna Dewdney, the author and illustrator of the popular Llama Llama children's books, died on Saturday after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

August 30, 2016

Common-Core Reading Materials Get Mixed Results in First Major Review

After analyzing dozens of K-12 math textbooks—and determining that most of the major publishers were selling subpar common-core products—the curriculum review group has moved on to English/language arts materials.

August 25, 2016

English Teachers: Ask Us How to Assess Students

A survey from the National Council of Teachers of English finds that many English teachers are dissatisfied by standardized tests and have their own thoughts about how to assess students more effectively.

August 24, 2016

Two-Thirds of U.S. 11th Graders Now Taking ACT, While Scores Drop Slightly

The decline in scores is not unexpected, say company representatives, because more states began requiring all 11th graders take the college readiness exam.

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