On a recent February afternoon, 125 seventh-grade students at Annapolis Middle School sat down in a multipurpose room with a laptop, pencils and graph paper at their desks.
American students are falling behind students in other countries on international assessments of math and science. Statistics such as these are driving the call for education reforms to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the country’s schools.
Nearly a decade ago U.S. Congress, warned that America will fall behind in the global economy if its education system doesn’t produce more workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
While many in education and STEM fields embrace the new Common Core standards, many strongly oppose them. Some hold the belief that the Common Core will lead to a national curriculum, others believe the standards are weaker than what states have already implemented.
Student test scores slip. Reading and math scores on Maryland’s state tests for elementary and middle school students have sink to their lowest levels in seven years. So what’s to blame?
The Maryland General Assembly has approved measures to address concerns with the education program known as Common Core.
Maryland made important steps in the third year of implementing its $250 million Race to the Top education grant, but the state also faced multiple challenges, a U.S. Education Department report said Wednesday.
Standards are not the real problem with the much-criticized educational program known as Common Core; the real issue is how those standards are being applied, one lawmaker argued Wednesday before a House committee.
Legislation that seeks to cancel most standardized testing in Maryland’s public schools this spring would leave teachers unsure about what to plan for, a top state education official said Wednesday.
It’s considered a new way of teaching and learning, but now parents opposed to what’s called Common Core education are speaking out.
Testing for testing sake. That’s what some state school leaders are saying about the Maryland assessment test for students.
The Maryland School Assessments, a set of standardized tests for elementary and middle school students, are under fire by some parents, teachers, lawmakers and school officials who say the tests are outdated and meaningless in the age of Common Core academic standards.