In a recent survey, 82% of math teachers reported altering at least half of their instructional materials, and 72% of English-language arts teachers reported doing the same to align with Common Core State Standards, according to a report from the Center for Education Policy Research. Data show about a third of educators surveyed use free online resources to help teach the new standards.
The US Department of Education recently offered states guidance on federal testing guidelines and highlighted two testing models in Tennessee and Oklahoma. In Tennessee, for example, a task force last year released 16 recommendations to help the state scale back what was seen as too much testing.
School districts in Pennsylvania that will participate in a regional network this summer can expect higher-speed Internet at lower costs. Estimates put the cost savings at between 40% and 70% over current costs because of savings realized through bulk purchasing.
First-generation, low-income and underrepresented students are more likely than their peers to say they welcome texts from colleges seeking to recruit them, a new national survey finds. However, nearly half of students say they still want to receive "search" letters from colleges in the mail.
Acting US Secretary of Education John King Jr. has been nominated by President Barack Obama to officially take the role he has held in an acting capacity since December. Obama is seeking to have King's appointment approved by Congress before lawmakers take up higher-education legislation later this year.
Students at a New Jersey middle school recently participated in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. The free event -- offered to certain schools worldwide -- uses Google Cardboard to give students access to virtual field-trip locations around the world.
By increasing aid and personal recruitment, and by eliminating waitlists and standardized test scores, schools such as Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and the University of Michigan have boosted diversity. "In our first complete admission cycle we enrolled 31 percent domestic students of color, compared to 26 percent the prior year, and 22 percent two years ago," writes Hampshire College's enrollment dean, Meredith Twombly, in this commentary.
Virginia Del. Chris Head is urging the state to create a new Roanoke Valley governor's school for career and technical education. Governor's school programs are renowned in the state and would help to emphasize CTE's prestige, as well as help to augment the region's in-demand industries, supporters say.
There are four conditions that support deeper learning, according to a white paper from the nonprofit National Commission on Teaching and America's Future and ConsultEd Strategists. Researchers found that teachers can foster deeper learning by establishing a learning culture, creating shared responsibility for student learning, developing a culture of trust and professionalism and allowing time for teachers to collaborate.
Fear of failure, success and change can hinder a job search and adversely affect career growth, CareerTrax founder David Jensen writes in this article. "Don't stagnate. Action -- almost any type -- acts like a balm on your fear," Jensen advises.
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