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July 09, 2014

New Jersey Adopts Common Science Standards

On July 9, the New Jersey education department announced that the state board had adopted the common science standards, making it the 12th state to do so.

July 07, 2014

NEA Delegates Talk Common-Core Math

Members of the teachers' union generally said they like the common standards, but lack resources and are scared about what testing will bring.

July 01, 2014

Weighing Common-Core Math Complaints

Do typical arguments for why the common-core math standards are supposedly problematic really make sense?

June 26, 2014

Study: Struggling Math Students Need Direct Instruction, Not 'Fun' Activities

Music, movement, and manipulatives, while fun, may hinder 1st graders struggling in math, study suggests.

June 18, 2014

White House Hosts Its First Maker Faire

Today the White House is hosting its first Maker Faire to showcase the efforts of children and adults who build, invent, tinker, engineer, craft, and create.

June 16, 2014

Ad Seeks to Explain Why Girls Stray From STEM

A poignant new ad from tech giant Verizon suggests that how adults (ahem, parents) speak to young girls helps to explain the lack of women in STEM-focused careers.

June 10, 2014

Reducing Math Anxiety: What Can Teachers Do?

Psychology professors Sian Beilock and Daniel Willingham offer suggestions for how teachers can help decrease the effects of math anxiety.

June 04, 2014

Rural Students Less Likely to Take Core Sciences in High School, Report Says

A new federal report found that fewer graduates of rural schools completed a sequence of science courses than graduates of non-rural schools.

June 02, 2014

New Jersey May Be Next State to Adopt Common Science Standards

An official with the state education department in New Jersey confirmed that the state appears poised to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards next month.

June 02, 2014

Research on STEM-Focused Schools Shows Mixed Results

Findings of three new studies suggest that some students may benefit from STEM-focused schools, but that, overall, they're not necessarily more effective.

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