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March 01, 2011

A Moment of National Insanity

I'm beginning to think we are living in a moment of national insanity. On the one hand, we hear pious exhortations about education reform, endlessly uttered by our leaders in high political office, corporate suites, foundations, and the media. President Obama says we have to "out-educate" the rest of the world to "win the future."

February 25, 2011

Reading Roundup: Formative Assessment, Content vs. Skills

Writers and reports provoke interesting debate about formative assessment, 21st century skills and college-admissions tests.

February 24, 2011

Curriculum Linked to Common Standards is Needed, AFT Says

The AFT presses for shared curriculum linked to the common standards.

February 24, 2011

Most Urban Districts Fall Short of National Average on NAEP in Science

Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.

February 23, 2011

AFT Wades Into Common Standards and Assessments

The American Federation of Teachers wades into the question of how curriculum should be developed for the common standards.

February 23, 2011

Financial Literacy to Be Tested on International Exam

The new PISA exam will focus on such matters as planning and managing financies, dealing with credit cards, and consumer rights.

February 18, 2011

Friday Reading Roundup

Recent EdWeek posts on a variety of curriculum-related topics.

February 14, 2011

Through-Course Summative Assessment: Many Challenges

Researchers, testmakers, policymakers and others convene to grapple with the new challenges of test designs being proposed by the two state assessment consortia.

February 11, 2011

Can the Federal Government Fund Curriculum Materials?

Experts question whether federal law allows the two state assessment consortia to design curricular and instructional materials.

February 07, 2011

Report Aims to Debunk 'Myth' About Glory Days of U.S. Achievement

The study from the Brookings Institution says the United States has never been close to number one on international math tests.

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