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Study supports move toward common math standards

Study supports move toward common math standards

A new study analyzing the previous math standards of each state provides strong support for adoption of common standards, which U.S. students desperately need to keep pace with their counterparts around the globe, a Michigan State University scholar argues. Forty-six states are implementing the Common Core math and reading standards, which nonetheless have come under… Read More »

GE Foundation funds research on Common Core math standards

GE Foundation funds research on Common Core math standards

The GE Foundation is supporting Michigan State University researchers as they study a major effort to improve mathematics education – the implementation of new common standards. University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt will use a $1 million grant from the GE Foundation to expand his research on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Known… Read More »

Book exposes alarming inequality in U.S. math, science education

Book exposes alarming inequality in U.S. math, science education

American students experience vast differences in content coverage across states, school districts and even from classroom to classroom, according to a new book by University Distinguished Professor of education and statistics William H. Schmidt. Based on decades of research, Schmidt and co-author Curtis C. McKnight illustrate how unequal opportunities to learn mathematics and science are… Read More »

Schmidt, Wilson appointed to national committee on STEM education

Two University Distinguished Professors in the College of Education, William Schmidt and Suzanne Wilson, were recently appointed to a National Research Council committee William Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor and co-director of the Education Policy Center, and Suzanne Wilson, chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education, have been appointed to the National Research Council’s Committee on the… Read More »

Schmidt: Common Core Math Standards can improve student achievement

Schmidt: Common Core Math Standards can improve student achievement

Michigan State University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt today released key conclusions from his research detailing how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics can potentially improve the performance of U.S. students if implemented appropriately. In an event co-sponsored by Achieve, Chiefs for Change and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Schmidt presented a briefing… Read More »

8+1 Science: A new concept in science education

8+1 Science: A new concept in science education

American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a national group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt. After six years of work, the group has proposed a solution. The 8+1 Science concept calls for a radical overhaul in K-12 schools that moves away… Read More »

EPC report: Reviewing research on teacher preparation

Policymakers hoping to improve teacher preparation in the U.S. have been stymied by a dearth of nationally representative data, as was pointed out in a 2010 report from the National Academy of Science, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The Educational Policy Center at Michigan State University took an important step toward more informed… Read More »

Schmidt in Education Week: Are U.S. math teachers measuring up?

Schmidt in Education Week: Are U.S. math teachers measuring up?

Last month, Education Week raised an important issue in its special publication, Quality Counts: Are U.S. math teachers receiving enough teacher training? For insight, Education Week consulted William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education and statistics at Michigan State University. Schmidt said that U.S. middle school mathematics teachers and students perform significantly lower on math examinations than those in several… Read More »

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

Schmidt: Do middle school math teachers get enough preparation?

A recent opinion piece from the Orlando Sentinel addressed one of Florida education’s most troubling statistics: that only 28 percent of Floridian eighth-graders are considered “proficient” in mathematics. The solution? Attract top math teachers to middle schools, said guest columnist Paul Cottle. Cottle referenced the research of MSU professor William Schmidt, which said that U.S. math instruction is weak because the teachers themselves often have… Read More »

Schmidt says districts are unprepared for rising common standards

Schmidt says districts are unprepared for rising common standards

A new survey conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) reveals that most school districts that have adopted the Council of Chief State School Officers‘ new national common standards are not effectively implementing them. Furthermore, the study found that districts often disagree about how rigorous the new program should be. William Schmidt, a professor of education in… Read More »