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Nearly Half of Teachers Give Common-Core Training Low Marks
While more teachers are getting training in the common core, 47 percent report that it hasn't been of high quality, according to a new survey from the Education Week Research Center. Read more.
(Curriculum Matters)
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Common-Core Math Textbooks to Get Online Ratings
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards. Read more.
(Education Week)
U.S. Testing Reviews to Enter New Phase
As the U.S. Department of Education prepares to release new guidance on its peer-review process for standards and assessments, K-12 educators and testmakers worry about how their systems will be judged under the new criteria. Read more.
(Education Week)
Making the Case for Teaching Students to Debate
Debate should be an important part of the curriculum, including at the middle and even the elementary level, writes educator Paul Deards. Read more.
(Education Week)
With Fractions, Common-Core Training Goes Beyond 'Invert and Multiply'
A recent professional development session in Maryland highlighted models for illustrating the division of fractions, and proved eye-opening for participating teachers. Read more.
(Curriculum Matters)
Under Fire, College Board to 'Clarify' New U.S. History Framework
Stung by criticism that its new Advanced Placement U.S. history framework presents a slanted view of events, the College Board has taken the unusual step of releasing a practice exam and said it will "clarify" aspects of the framework. Read more.
(Curriculum Matters)
Mixed Bag for N.Y. State Students in Second Year of Common-Core Tests
(State EdWatch)
Pitching the 'Non-Common-Core' Curriculum
(Curriculum Matters)
Testing Consortium Invites Public to Help Set Cutoff Scores
(Curriculum Matters)
Iowa Announces Withdrawal From Smarter Balanced Testing Group
(Curriculum Matters)
A Closer Look at a Math Performance Task From PARCC
(Curriculum Matters)
ACT: Better Preparation, Not Just More Courses, Is Key to STEM Readiness
(Curriculum Matters)
Summer College Programs for High School Students Can Build Confidence
(College Bound)
Study: Inclusion Boosts Language Skills of Students With Disabilities
(On Special Education)
Can Schools Respect Individuality Without Cultivating Narcissism in Students?
(Inside School Research)
Students Earning 'Biliteracy Seals' on Uptick in California
(Learning the Language)
Tracking the Fight Over Common Core in La. From 2010 to the Present
(State EdWatch)
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