Math and science educators across the country spend their summers learning how to make calculus more engaging and biology more relevant, but there's a problem: What if high schoolers never even signed up for those classes?
Sarah D. Sparks -- Aiming to get a clearer picture of how students' home and community resources affect their academic achievement, America's best-known K-12 education barometer, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is building a comprehensive new way to gauge socioeconomic status.
In Michigan, getting a hold of current and potential employees’ social media account information, just got a lot more difficult. The state has passed a law so citizens will be judged on skills and dedication to their work rather than their party pics or status updates.
Sarah D. Sparks -- Mean girls and bullies may sit at the top of the classroom pecking order in Hollywood, but a new study suggests in real life, kindness is linked to popularity among middle schoolers.
In "Kindness Counts: Prompting Prosocial Behavior in Preadolescents Boosts Peer Acceptance and Well-Being," researchers led by Kristin Layous, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, observed 415 students ages 9 to 11 in 19 classrooms in Vancouver, B.C., over four weeks.
AN EASIER maths subject will be introduced in years 11 and 12 under the national curriculum, raising fears of an exodus from the more difficult maths courses.
The Mathematical Association of NSW said there is concern the new subject - Essential Mathematics - will attract many able students turned off the less interesting and more difficult courses.
There has been an incredible amount of hype and fear and confusion and excitement surrounding inBloom, a Gates Foundation-funded initiative to build a new data infrastructure for public schools. One such promise: better interoperability will streamline schools’ handling of data. Another promise: more access to student data will help companies build tools to “enhance personalized learning.”
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers announced the names of the experts serving on the Common Core State Standards Development Work Group and Feedback Group and provided more detailed information on the college and career ready standards development process.
Erik W. Robelen -- Art fans visiting the nation's capital have some impressive options to get a little culture. The National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, to name a few. For the next month or so, there's another competitor offering a dose of the visual arts, and it's an unlikely suspect: the U.S. Department of Education.
Andrew Spar -- If the test is flawed, there is no way to compare students' scores from one year to the next to determine how much they have learned.
Unless we are able to know exactly what is happening with the test, there is no way we can or should trust the test data.
In an effort to share the workload around procurement, other states will now release solicitations or procurements on behalf of PARCC. All procurements will be listed here, but the actual solicitation or procurement will be posted on the releasing state’s procurement website.
It turns out math can fix the problem. Georgia Tech professor John Bartholdi and University of Chicago professor Donald Eisenstein used complex algebra to develop a kind of anti-bus-bunching formula. They took what’s known as the Markov Chain through the wringer. It’s a math theory that shows predictable long-term behavior.