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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.

February 10, 2015

'Fraction Phobia': The Root of Math Anxiety?

Hung-Hsi Wu, a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, explains why instruction on fractions, which he calls "the backbone of school mathematics," needed to change.

February 09, 2015

Science Teachers Asked to Help Field-Test Energy Assessment Items

A group that partnered in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards is now asking science teachers to help field-test multiple-choice items for an assessment on energy.

February 03, 2015

How Assessment, STEM, Reading Fare in Obama's Proposed Budget

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2016 budget seeks big increases to support career and technical education, and to help states implement--and reduce--assessments.

January 23, 2015

Wyoming Takes First Step Toward Ending Ban on Common Science Standards

The Wyoming House gave preliminary approval to eliminate a budget footnote that forbids the state board of education from considering the Next Generation Science Standards for adoption.

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