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March 26, 2010

Florida Educators Share Attitudes on Teaching Evolution

Three in four Florida teachers say they are comfortable with the inclusion of evolution in the state's recently revised science standards, a survey finds.

March 24, 2010

Illinois House Approves Bill for a 4-Day School Week

The Illinois House, in response to concerns about tight school budgets, approved a bill this week that would allow local school boards to set four-day weeks to save money.

March 23, 2010

Budget Cuts in South Carolina Hit Single-Sex Classes

Amid state and local budget cuts, South Carolina is seeing a decline in the number of single-gender classes offered at public schools.

March 23, 2010

Fordham Report Gives Common Standards Good Grades

As comments pour in on the common standards, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute here in Washington is weighing in with an analysis of the draft. Its report, issued today, gives the math standards an A-minus and the English/language arts a B. That's an improvement over the last time the organization ch...

March 22, 2010

Comments Pouring in on Common Standards, But You Won't See Them

Comments are flooding in on the common standards, but the public probably won't get to see them.

March 19, 2010

A New Vision of Career Technical Education

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 (ther...

March 18, 2010

Ed Dept to States: In Race to Top, Only Common Core Will Do

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 f...

March 18, 2010

Is 'Career Ready' Getting the Short End of the Stick?

"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is getting to be a veritable mantra among educrats, with "all students proficient" joining cassette tapes as quaintly outdated.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 pr...

March 17, 2010

Florida Measure Would Mandate Civics Class and Test

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

March 16, 2010

How Many States Will Adopt Common Standards?

The first public draft of the common standards is out, as you know from reading edweek.org 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...

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