Several state legislatures have introduced variations of a so-called “Academic Freedom Act” that purports to encourage openness and critical thinking in science classrooms. To critics of these laws — which include virtually every scientific professional organization and a slew of Nobel laureates — it is a thinly veiled effort to insert unscientific ideas into the
Earlier this week Allison— CPE’s latest and greatest intern— wrote about our rising national high school graduates rates. She made an excellent point that just because more students are receiving high school diplomas doesn’t mean more students are leaving high school more prepared for life unless the diploma represents that student is ready for the
If you’re like me, you might have missed this excellent presentation by Philadelphia teacher Diana Laufenberg on the importance of recognizing failure as part of the learning process. It’s worth a gander.
It’s the Friday after Nov 6, Florida has finished its final vote tally and this election cycle has come to an end (mercifully for us swing state voters!). But the big winner in this long campaign wasn’t on any ballot. It was the numbers-crunchers, led by the 538 master Nate Silver, whose predictions turned out
Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the U.S. Department of Education released a new report, Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: 2005-2009. The report enables states to compare the rigor of their standards for proficiency in fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading to that of other states. To