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April 29, 2016

Reactions to 12th Grade NAEP Declines? Mostly Tempered

When the scores for 4th and 8th grades were released in October, and showed declines as well, there was all sorts of chatter about where to place the blame. So far, the most recent 12th grade scores haven't caused the same kind of finger-pointing.

April 27, 2016

Low Performers Show Big Declines on 12th Grade NAEP Test

Much like their 4th and 8th grade peers, high school seniors have lost ground in math over the last two years, according to the most recent scores on a national achievement test.

April 19, 2016

The Search for Common-Core Curricula: Where Are Teachers Finding Materials?

In common-core states, nearly all math and language arts teachers are at least somewhat reliant on materials they've developed or selected themselves, according to a new nationally representative survey.

April 05, 2016

Podcasts for Kids: Overlooked Classroom Tool?

'Serial' launched something of a podcast revolution. So why are there still so few podcasts for kids?

April 04, 2016

Virginia Won't Require Teachers to Flag Materials With 'Sexually Explicit Content'

The governor vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the only state to require K-12 teachers to identify classroom materials with "sexually explicit content" so that parents could opt their children out of such reading.

March 21, 2016

1st Graders Make Significant Growth With Reading Recovery Program, Study Shows

A new study of Reading Recovery, a 1-on-1 reading intervention program for 1st graders, found that the program had a significant positive impact on students' reading achievement.

March 14, 2016

National Writing Project Shown to Benefit Teachers, Students

The results of a two-year study on the National Writing Project, a teacher professional-development program that's lost federal funding in recent years, show that it had a positive impact on both teachers and students.

March 02, 2016

3rd Grade Reading Scores in D.C. Show No Improvement

An analysis of standardized test scores in the District of Columbia found that overall 3rd grade reading proficiency rates stayed stagnant between 2007 and 2014—but declined for economically disadvantaged and black students.

February 25, 2016

After Reading, Should Students Discuss the Text or Write About It?

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan says the research is clear: Writing about a text benefits reading comprehension more than talking about it.

February 09, 2016

The Common-Core Reading Standard That Should Have Been

A lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts said she has at least one regret about how the standards turned out: that they don't require students to read a large number of texts independently.

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