Are the Common Core Standards on the Way Out?


Despite having been adopted by 44 of the 50 states, is the Common Core “failing the test”? Some experts feel that states are beginning to balk as the rigorous testing that has been under development comes to fruition.

Approval Grows for Next Generation Science Standards

On July 12, 2013, in Common Standards, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

The Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce (NGSS) released this April are already being approved for adoption at the state level. Five states—Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Rhode Island and Vermont—have already approved the new standards. They are under consideration or pending consideration in California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Washington.

Is Summer Vacation On the Way Out?

On July 2, 2013, in Education, by Scott Cronenweth

Summer vacation is an American tradition like turkey on Thanksgiving. But American students are falling behind in the global education/skills marketplace—and summer vacation could be part of the problem.

The Best US High Schools

On June 18, 2013, in Assessment & Testing, by Scott Cronenweth

US News annually ranks the top performing US high schools, not only nationally but also by state. This report is a great way to see how the schools in your area are performing, as well as an opportunity to reflect on what makes a great high school in the first place.

US High School Graduation Rate Hits 30-Year High

On June 11, 2013, in Education, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

According to a new study, high school graduation rates in the US are at their highest point since 1973. Almost 75% of US high school students earned their diploma in 2010 (the most recent available data).

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She Blinded Me with Science (and Math)

On May 28, 2013, in Common Standards, common core, by Scott Cronenweth

According to a new study just released by the National Center for Education Statistics, America’s high school students are taking more math and science courses. This is just one finding of The Condition of Education 2013 report, which “summarizes important trends and developments in education using the latest available data.” (Other focal points include employment [...]

Ranking Universities Worldwide by Courses of Study

On May 21, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

An education company in Britain, QS, annually publishes a report that ranks 400 top colleges and universities worldwide by thirty specific majors or courses of study.

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2014 Federal Budget Proposal Emphasizes STEM Education

On April 23, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, by Scott Cronenweth

President Obama’s 2014 proposed federal budget reflects his long-standing advocacy for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The new budget creates a STEM Master Teaching Corps, while also giving science research institutions an explicit role in directing public school curricula.

Proposed 2014 US Education Budget Makes Big Investment in Early Learning

On April 16, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth

US President Barak Obama’s 2014 budget proposal asks for an “historic investment” in early learning opportunities. President Obama is being applauded for taking a bold step towards removing stumbling blocks that low-income children and other vulnerable preschoolers often face on the path towards success in school.

Today’s Teaching Technology Landscape – What’s Most Important and Most Wanted

On December 4, 2012, in In The News, Technology in Education, digital content, ed tech, by Scott Cronenweth

The trend in classroom tech over the past decade, of course, has been towards “broadening adoption and deeper integration” of digital media across all age groups…