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September 27, 2010

Texas Board Adopts Measure on Religious Bias in Textbooks

The Texas state board of education narrowly adopted a nonbinding resolution warning textbook publishers from promoting an "anti-Christian/pro-Islamic" bias in classroom materials.

September 22, 2010

Md. Stops Short of Making Environmental Ed. a Graduation Requirement

Maryland board calls for integrating environmental education into the curriculum, but stops short of embracing a plan to make it a graduation requirement.

September 20, 2010

Feds Should Enlarge Role in Adolescent Literacy, Report Says

A new policy brief outlines steps the federal government should take to improve literacy development at the middle and high school levels.

September 15, 2010

Obama to Students: Work Hard, Take Pride in Differences

You've probably heard about Obama's back to school speech (transcript here, video here, our PK-12 blog post here). Steering clear of the controversy sparked by last year's speech, he urged students to dream big and write their own destinies, no matter how difficult their current circumstances may be...

September 09, 2010

Georgia Plans to Require Science as a Measure of AYP

Georgia is planning to require all elementary and middle schools to use science achievement as a factor in making AYP under the No Child Left Behind Act.

September 08, 2010

Reading Roundup: An Angry Board of Ed, Gates Report

A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes ...

September 07, 2010

Race to Top Assessments: Experts Weighing In Today

The blogosphere hasn't exactly been spilling over with chat about the Race to the Top assessment grants awarded last week. (See story here, more on Ed Sec Arne Duncan's speech here, and details about how the consortia were judged here.) If you are craving more dialogue about these potentially influ...

September 03, 2010

Texas Proposal Envisions Cuts to Textbook Budget

Texas may cut state spending on textbooks and science labs as part of a budget plan produced by the state education agency.

September 03, 2010

How Reviewers Rated the Race to Top Assessment Contenders

A look at the scoring sheets offers some insight into the winners—and the review process.

September 03, 2010

Duncan: New Assessments Will Be "Game-Changing"

As you know if you've been reading this space, Ed Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of the Race to the Top assessment competition yesterday. (Check our story here for a catch-up if needed.) We linked you to his speech yesterday, but it's meaty enough that it's worth revisiting today. It's...

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