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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

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 »

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

This past week, the Washington Post has highlighted two professors within the Michigan State University College of Education: Jim Pivarnik, professor of kinesiology and William Schmidt, university distinguished professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education (CEPSE). Pivarnik and doctoral student Erin Kuffel’s new research about resistence training for pregnant women has already captured the attention of several news sources, including CNBC and abc12. Last Tuesday’s Washington… Read More »

MSU names director of research institute on mathematics, science education

Joseph Krajcik, a well-known science education expert, has been named director of the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education (IRMSE) at Michigan State University. The interdisciplinary center, launched during a Washington, D.C. conference last fall, is designed to address some of the most pressing challenges related to teaching science and mathematics by bringing… Read More »

Report: U.S. school reforms differ from high-performing nations

A new report from the National Center on Education and the Economy says the United States must seek more ambitious changes in education practices in order to keep up with those countries that perform highest on international assessments. In this Education Week article, University Distinguished Professor William Schmidt said the report outlines critical points, including… Read More »

Are high school courses – or just their titles – becoming more advanced?

Studies show more U.S. students are taking more ambitious classes in high school, but they are not necessarily scoring any higher on standardized tests. Why? In this New York Times article, MSU Distinguished Professor William Schmidt says many courses in Michigan and Ohio high schools, where he has conducted research, don’t cover the types of… Read More »