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STEM in the News: August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013

D.C. in August moves a little slower than usual on the news front, but we've got your fast hits for the week. 

Calculator Use on Exams to Shift With Common Core, EdWeek, August 20

PDK/Gallup Poll Results Show Opportunity, Need for Common Core Education

August 26, 2013

Last week, Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, released the results of its annual PDK/Gallup survey, which tracks attitudes toward public schools. This year, topics ranged from school safety post-Newtown to homeschooling. For STEM education, though, the most interesting conclusions were in the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. 

Tags: Common Core, standards

This Week in STEM: August 20

August 20, 2013

If it's Tuesday, it must be news-day. We're back with your quick hits in STEM. 

College-for-all vs. career education? Moving beyond a false debate, Hechinger Report, August 19

STEM in the News: August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

As summer winds down, we've got your STEM must-reads for the week. 

Common Core Curriculum Brings Big Shifts to Math Instruction, NPR, August 8

NPR goes behind the new math standards as a new school year starts to take a look at what it might mean for instruction. Did you know that the standard algorithm for math -- remember 'carrying the one' -- has been pushed to 4th grade to give students a deeper understanding of place value? 

Parents stand up for STEM, get controversial T-shirt pulled

August 9, 2013

It's been 20 years since Barbie sagely informed young women nationwide that "math class is tough," but young girls are still facing a host of societal messages that implicitly tell them STEM subjects just aren't for them. The latest?

Tags: women & girls

Time to Stand Firm on High Cut Scores

August 8, 2013

A higher bar is exactly that — a higher hurdle to overcome. Yesterday, New York announced the results of its latest round of state testing, the first measuring students against a higher, Common Core-aligned test, and perhaps unsurprisingly, fewer students were able to clear the new bar. Statewide, only 31 percent of students were considered proficient in math; last year, it was 65 percent. In New York City, the largest district, just 30 percent were proficient, down from 60 percent last year and a high of 82 (under a different test) in 2009. 

Tags: standards, Common Core, STEM & the states

STEM in the News: August 7, 2013

August 6, 2013

A day late, but we've got some rich news items from yesterday. Click through for all your STEM news. 

The decline of science education in Mississippi: A view from the classroom, Hechinger Report, August 5

This Day in STEM: Mission to Mars

August 5, 2013

Can you believe it's been a year since the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the red planet?  Remember the excitement you felt?  The rover has had quite a year, and we've watched with interest every step of the way.  We even got to visit the home of the rover, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for the launch of iON Future late last year, to meet some of the team behind it and experience the excitement up close (you can check out our video from the event here).  We especially enjoyed meeting "Mohawk Guy"

Tags: This Day in STEM, video

This Day in STEM - August 2

August 2, 2013

The Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb and arguably hastened the end of World War II, unofficially began on today's date in 1939, as two of the world's most famous physicists, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard, pet

Tags: This Day in STEM

STEM in the News: July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

If it's Tuesday, it must be news-day. We've got all the STEM news you need. 

Math Teachers Find Common Core More Rigorous Than Prior Standards, EdWeek, July 29

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