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Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2013
When science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is discussed in the K-12 sphere, it often seems like shorthand for mathematics and science, with perhaps a nod to technology and even less, if any, real attention to engineering. But recent developments signal that the "e" in STEM may be gaining a firmer foothold at…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 8, STEM Education, Engineering Education
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2012
An intensifying focus for teachers across the country is how to develop students' skills at reading and understanding informational texts. Teachers are rebalancing their fiction-and-nonfiction scales because the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts demand it. Since all but four states have adopted those guidelines, millions of…
Descriptors: State Standards, National Competency Tests, Nonfiction, Reading
Shah, Nirvi – Education Week, 2012
Despite a pending policy change aimed at including more students with disabilities and English-language learners (ELLs) in the "nation's report card," the federal agency that administers the national testing program appears to be softening the penalty for states that fail to improve inclusion rates. The disagreement underscores the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Academic Achievement, National Competency Tests, Testing Programs
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
The latest administration of the assessment provides state-by-state results for 12th graders for the first time. Twelfth graders' reading and mathematics scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have improved only modestly in the past four years, according to results from the latest administration, prompting renewed recognition…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, National Competency Tests, Grade 12
Gewertz, Catherine – Education Week, 2010
With the new common standards completed, education leaders in nearly every state face the critical decision of whether to adopt them. To maximize the number of states that do, a core group of advocates is providing information and advice to help build the necessary base of support. The support network includes groups that spearheaded the Common…
Descriptors: Educational Change, State Boards of Education, Evaluation, Academic Achievement
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
Over the objection of officials at the statistical wing of the U.S. Department of Education, the independent body that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has approved a policy that significantly narrows the grounds for excluding students with disabilities and English-language learners (ELLs) from the exams.…
Descriptors: Student Participation, National Competency Tests, Guidelines, Governing Boards