August 28, 2013
Most respondents to a PDK/Gallup poll had never heard of the common standards—and among those who had, fewer than half said the standards would help make students more competitive internationally.
The country's largest state-sponsored K-12 online school is confronting declines in funding and enrollment, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education.
Developers of some school climate reform models say their programs are often bypassed in favor of strategies promoted by a federally funded technical-assistance center.
The initial wave of federal monitoring turns up soft spots as states implement their NCLB waivers.
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The test-maker's annual report also indicates that the average composite score fell to its lowest level in eight years.
Officials rehire some laid-off staff with $50 million in emergency aid in the pipeline, though details remain in flux.
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The effectiveness of such review sites is still a big question mark, but their existence comes at a critical time, as schools face a multitude of decisions about what technologies to use.
Cultural institutions are offering open online training sessions, virtual activities, and tech-enhanced projects to bring the subject alive in the nation's schools.
Initiatives are using technology to give K-12 science educators opportunities to create science content and explore virtual environments for learning.
The state is pursuing policy and funding changes meant to open up the world of online education to more providers, such as K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual education provider in the country.
A heated fight over sticking with the common core hasn't halted its momentum in the state, though some local school officials take a cautious approach.
A challenge to the state's funding plan delayed the program last spring, but now more than 3,700 participating high schoolers select from a diverse menu of online and face-to-face classes.
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Educators must move past common-core anxiety and focus on steps for implementing the standards, Linda Diamond writes.
A look at how and why our food has lost its nutritional value offers an analogy for what's going wrong in education, writes Paula Stacey.
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Showing students that you care for them is the most important thing a teacher can do, retired educator Carol Lach writes.
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Rather than embracing quick fixes, education reform should address context, complexity, and history, James H. Nehring writes.
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