1. The Common Core Technical Core Standards were recently released; they’re divided into 16 clusters and 12 overarching, “career-ready” practices.
  2. Results on the first National Association of Education Progress (NAEP) of both hands-on and interactive computer-based science tests found that our 4th, 8th, and 12th graders did poorly on higher-level problem-solving and critical thinking in real and simulated lab settings. Plus, less than 1/3 of 8th graders scored at the proficient level on the science 2011 NAEP.
  3. Most kids will be taking standardized math and English tests online in three years–but not all see this as a positive or practical move.
  4. The Pennsylvania House has okayed a bill that would count student performance on a wide variety of measures for 50% of teacher and principal ratings. Currently, teachers rated unsatisfactory for two years in a row can be fired. Less then 1% of Pennsylvania teachers received such a rating in the 2009-10 school year.
  5. An Education Trust report finds that teachers feel they’re being held accountable for things beyond their control. Also found: school culture and quality leadership matter more to them than student demographics and salaries.