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New book explores impact of education accountability systems

New book explores impact of education accountability systems

Driven by test-based accountability, schools are awash in data.  These new accountability systems have forced educators to respond to policy in ways they have not before. To understand the extent of these changes, we must look across the K-12 educational system and into the expanding field of for- and non-profit educational reformers. A new book… Read More »

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: 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 »

States face challenges to improve writing standards

States face challenges to improve writing standards

Far too many U.S. students have inadequate writing skills, and the current efforts to improve instruction nationwide may be more challenging than anticipated, research from Michigan State University shows. According to an initial sample of seven states, the current standards for teaching writing across the U.S. vary widely in comparison to a new set of… 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 »

Floden speaks to Detroit News about testing, school start dates

Floden speaks to Detroit News about testing, school start dates

Tuesday, state education officials are presenting a proposal to the State Board of Education to drastically toughen proficiency standards on standardized tests. If the proposal passes, several schools and districts with students who were once considered proficient in math, reading, science and social studies will no longer hold this status. Robert Floden, interim dean of the College of Education and co-director of… Read More »

Washington Post features professors Pivarnik, Schmidt

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 »

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 »