Many parents and teachers have looked to SAT scores as a measure for the quality of education students receive. This year, national average scores on SAT reading and writing tests edged down while math scores remained stagnant. Ray Suarez talks to College Board’s Jim Montoya and University of Oregon’s Roger Thompson for more. Continue reading
Called the “Common Core,” a new set of state guidelines spell out what young students are expected to learn and what books they’re expected to read. Forty five states and the District of Colombia have already adopted the standards. Learning Matters’ John Merrow reports on the design and the aim of the new guidelines. Continue reading
Students get graded by test scores, but how do we best determine if a school is “good” or “bad”? Education Correspondent John Merrow examines that question. Continue reading
A busy second day of the 112th Congress began with a reading of the Constitution on the House floor. Though some Democrats joined in the reading, the parties sparred over the deficit with Democrats’ asserting that budget-cut exemptions could add to the shortfall and Republicans pledging to overturn the health care reform law. Continue reading
The results from a new global survey show U.S. students are falling behind much of the world in reading, math and science. Gwen Ifill speaks with Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the results and the the state of American schools. Continue reading
The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
The Obama administration rolls out its plan to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act this week, aiming to give schools more flexibility in how they evaluate students. Jeffrey Brown talks to two education policy experts. Continue reading