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April 09, 2015

West Virginia Amends Science Standards, Again, to Reflect Doubt on Climate Change

The ongoing feud in West Virginia over the Next Generation Science Standards has ended, for now, with a somewhat surprising decision to amend the standards to satisfy climate-change skeptics.

April 07, 2015

ESEA Draft Keeps Annual Testing Schedule

The bipartisan draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would also require states to have challenging academic standards, and authorize a comprehensive state literacy program.

April 02, 2015

Utah to Require Citizenship Test for High School Graduation

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, signed into law this week a bill that requires high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test to graduate.

April 02, 2015

Common-Core Consortium Tests: It's Been a Long Five Years

It would be an understatement to say that it's been an eventful five years since the feds offered $350 million grants to states to design tests for the common core.

March 13, 2015

Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards With 'Mysteries'

In a packed session this morning, a professor who helped lead the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, described the new standards as "a shift from learning about something to figuring out something."

March 12, 2015

Duncan on Standards, ESEA, and Why He Avoided PARCC Protesters

At the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about standards and "overtesting," and was questioned on an encounter with parent protesters.

March 11, 2015

Arne Duncan to Address 10,000 Science Teachers

The education secretary will speak at the National Science Teachers Association's annual conference, which is expected to have a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards.

March 09, 2015

Wyoming Ends Ban on Next Generation Science Standards

Last week, the Wyoming governor signed a bill that will make statewide adoption of the somewhat controversial K-12 science standards possible once again.

February 27, 2015

Did the Common-Core Math Writers Accidentally Drop a Standard?

A member of the common-core feedback group said that somewhere within the many drafts of the document the writers lost a geometry standard.

February 24, 2015

Georgia to Abandon Mandate on Teaching Integrated Math

Starting next school year, Georgia high schools will have the option to ditch "integrated math" and go back to the traditional Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II sequence that teachers there have said they prefer.

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