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Here Come the Common Core Standards

May 17, 2011 by clong  
Filed under Academics, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Cindy Long In Chuck Pack’s Geometry class, students learn how many rubber bands will provide the maximum amount of bungee jumping thrill for a Barbie doll, determining how far they can drop her from the ceiling to the floor before she makes impact. “They’re collecting data, they’re using data to make predictions, they’re graphing [...]

In High-Performing Countries, Education Reform is a Two-Way Street

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By Tim Walker In its report on the 2009 PISA results, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) noted, “Some of the most successful (education) reforms are those supported by strong unions rather than those that keep the union role weak.” In other words, when all stakeholders in education sit down at the table [...]

Global Education Leaders: Nations Must Elevate the Teaching Profession

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By Tim Walker and Rebeca Logan At the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which concluded late Thursday afternoon, participants strongly agreed that elevating the professional status of teachers was critical for improved, sustainable student achievement. The summit, co-hosted by the National Education Association (NEA), marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from [...]

International Summit Puts Best Reform Ideas on the Table

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By Tim Walker High-performing countries have strong unions. They also support teachers and engage them in the reform process. Many right-wing politicians in the United States may want to ignore these facts, but in Finland, Canada, Singapore, and other nations, collaboration with teacher unions has been a keystone in their successful efforts to improve student achievement [...]

PISA 2009: U.S. Students in the Middle of the Pack

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by Tim Walker The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) on Tuesday morning, showing that U.S. students are ranked average in reading and science, and below average in math. Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th [...]

How Finland Reached the Top of the Educational Rankings

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By Alain Jehlen Many people these days are pointing to Finland as the world’s top success story in student achievement. So what’s their secret? In the latest issue of NEA Today magazine, we feature an excerpt from a book by Stanford University scholar Linda Darling-Hammond that tells the Finnish story. Basically, Darling-Hammond explains, Finland did [...]

A Global Take on Reform at Ontario’s Building Blocks for Education Summit

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By Tim Walker Listening to education experts and policymakers at an international education summit in Toronto this week, NEA Executive Committee member Princess Moss knew that she was hearing innovative ideas to meet the challenges facing the world’s classrooms. “It was exciting to learn about the approaches being taken in Finland and Singapore, especially,” Moss [...]