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October 02, 2009

New Chair, Board Members Named to Top NAEP Panel

David Driscoll, former commissioner of education in Massachusetts is named chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the NAEP.

October 01, 2009

Stanford Scholar Talks Common Standards, College and Work Skills

The skills needed for two- and four-year colleges, and different jobs, may not be that similar, a scholar argues.

September 29, 2009

Standards Off-Base on Reading 'Comprehension,' Scholar Argues

Reading comprehension is not a "skill," or single strategy that can be taught directly, but is instead rooted in prior knowledge that allows students to create understanding as they read, argues Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia.

September 21, 2009

Louisiana Rules on Evolution Teaching Materials Move Forward

State officials approval a detailed process for handling complaints about teaching materials in evolution-related lessons.

September 17, 2009

Tackling History in Texas

If you're worried about the ongoing ruckus over social studies standards in Texas devolving into a "Chavez vs. Franklin"-style battle, you might have legitimate concern, judging from this summary in the Associated Press. The Texas state board of education is slated to discuss the proposed standards...

September 16, 2009

New Science Standards From the College Board

The College Board publishes standards for college-readiness in science—a follow-up to its language arts, math, and statistics standards.

August 17, 2009

Who's In and Who's Out in Texas Social Studies Draft

Cesar Chavez, a Latino civil rights and labor leader, is cited in the draft of the revised Texas social studies standards, even though one of the six "experts" appointed by the Texas state board of education to advise standards writing teams questioned if he should be included. But some other his...

August 03, 2009

Jim Burke's English Standards

Jim Burke, an English teacher in Virginia, posts his version of what students need to know and be able to do in English to prepare for college and the workplace.

July 24, 2009

A Look at the Promises and Challenges of Common Standards—UPDATED

At a forum at the National Press Club takes stock of the movement for common standards and the long road to travel once they are developed.

May 13, 2009

'Common Standards' Come Up at High School Hearing

Talk about "common standards" continues to pop up all over town here in the nation's capital.

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