The sharpened national focus on career and college readiness has prompted many questions about what both of those terms mean. Despite some protestations to the contrary, there is still something less than, ahem, total agreement on what constitutes sound preparation for college or for good jobs (there are so many types of colleges, and so many careers!). While those folks yak about overlapping sets of skills and such, you might be interested to peruse a document that tries to capture what America's "vision" of career technical education should be as we drag ourselves move boldly into the 21st century. Issued ...

The House today passed a bill to enhance environmental education.

I'm sure you remember, because it set a lot of people's neck hairs on end, that President Obama recently proposed that Title I funding for disadvantaged students be tied to whether states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. And I am also sure you know that in order to get the most bang for their buck in Race to the Top applications, states have to promise to adopt the common standards. In the Title I proposal, states may choose the common core standards or work with their own university systems to build standards rigorous enough to be considered "college ...

"All students college and career ready" is getting to be a veritable mantra among educrats, with "all students proficient" joining cassette tapes as quaintly outdated. If you've somehow napped through the steady flow of rhetoric coming out of the Obama administration in the last year and you want proof of this college-and-career-readiness drumbeat, you need go only so far as the president's recent blueprint for reauthorization of the ESEA (currently known as No Child Left Behind). (See our story here.) What does the career readiness part of all this mean, though, and how would it manifest itself in schools? Some ...

Florida legislators are eyeing a measure to require a 7th grade civics course, and to impose a new high-stakes test in the subject.

It's taken a few days to sink in, it seems, but I'm starting to see some opinion pieces appear in various newspapers and in the blogosphere about the controversial actions last week by the Texas state board of education to revamp its social studies standards. As I wrote the other day, the debate has been infused with political, racial, and religious tensions. The board gave preliminary approval to the revised standards on a party line vote of 10-5 last Friday, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. The board may well make additional amendments before taking a final ...

The first public draft of the common standards is out, as you know from reading and this blog. But states don't have to put their feet to the fire on this thing yet, since it isn't the final version. (That won't happen until after the public- comment period closes on April 2 and revisions are made based on that feedback.) So far, the fact that the draft has been a work in progress has allowed states to demur about whether they will adopt the common standards. A popular line has sounded something like this: "Check back with us ...

President Obama's plan to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could have some potentially significant implications for curriculum matters across the country.

The Texas board of education by a vote of 11-4 gave its preliminary approval to new social studies standards.

A professor is urging that the popular STEM acronym expand to STEAM with an "A" for the arts.


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