Arizona has become the first state in the nation to require students to pass a 100-question civics test to graduate from high school. That test questions are actually from the civics portion of the test that the U.S. government gives to immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens.Read full article >>
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), whose term in office ends Wednesday, will join the Johns Hopkins University business faculty next month as a visiting professor, the school announced Friday.O’Malley will focus on government, business and urban issues in the position with the Carey Business School.Read full article >>
W.Va. is the second state to have a debate surface over climate-change language in the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 schools.
The Mississippi Board of Education announced Friday that it was withdrawing from one of the two federally funded consortia tasked with creating new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core. It has hired Pearson to create new exams for this school on an emergency basis.Read full article >>
Those are some of the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content. CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations. CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.4 Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).Read full article >>
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (Ward 6) plans to introduce a bill that would send a book each month to the home of every child under age 5 in the District. The early literacy initiative aims to address an achievement gap that begins at birth. Read full article >>
As Congress kicks off new efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind mandates on state assessments are at the heart of the debate.
We thought a project that grew out of the columnist Nicholas Kristof’s post-Ferguson series, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It,” might be a fitting Reader Idea to inspire other educators to tell us how you’re talking and teaching about race and ethnicity.
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Below are nine paragraphs from a Jan. 14 article, “Far Ahead of Curve, a 6-Year-Old Thrills a Nation.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?