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December 28, 2011

The Most Significant Curriculum Stories of 2011

Common standards, assessments and STEM education dominated the year's curriculum stories.

December 22, 2011

ED Approves Consortium's Scaled-Back Test Design

The U.S. Department of Education has "conditionally approved" a decision by one of the two consortia developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards to reduce the number of testing components in its plan.

December 14, 2011

Ohio Bill Mandates Teaching of U.S. Historical Documents

Ohio measure would require schools to teach the "original texts" of several historical documents, including the U.S. Constitution.

December 13, 2011

How Do We Train Teachers in Formative Assessment?

Experts outline challenges to helping teachers embody formative-assessment practices.

December 07, 2011

State Science Expectations 'All Over the Map,' Study Finds

In 15 of the 37 states examined, the bar for proficiency in 8th grade science fell below the NAEP threshold for "basic."

December 02, 2011

Anti-Common-Core Resolution Advances in Legislative Group

A resolution opposing the common standards advances at an organization of state lawmakers and private-sector business and think-tank organizations.

December 01, 2011

Ideas to Help Math Teachers Cope With Common Standards

Three prominent math educators have just released a set of recommendations for providing strong professional development pegged to the common standards.

November 30, 2011

A Primer on the Common Assessments

Educators are keenly interested in what the new common assessments will look like, and need far more information about them than is currently available.

November 29, 2011

Caught Between Common Standards and Assessments

Some states and districts are uncertain of how to translate common standards into classroom teaching without knowing what the assessments designed for those standards will look like.

November 21, 2011

English Teachers' Group Sidesteps Common-Core Opposition

The National Council of Teachers of English declines to approve a resolution opposing the common standards.

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