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Are High School Graduation Requirements Making the Grade?

A recent report by the Center for American Progress points to an interesting trend over the last several years regarding the debate over the quality of a high school diploma. While graduation rates have risen considerably, colleges have reported that students are not fully prepared for college-level coursework.

More California Students May Get Access to Arts Education

A new bill to increase arts education in California has its advocates, but also its skeptics who question how the quality of arts education will be guaranteed.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix April 2018

In the last few weeks, more than 4,800 resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below:

  • E Reading Worksheets
  • EngageNY
  • GCFLearnFree
  • Grammar Revolution
  • GrammarBook.com
  • iCivics
  • Illustrative Math
  • IXL
  • Microsoft - Hacking STEM
  • Microsoft - Minecraft
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Starfall
  • The Punctuation Guide
  • Weather Wiz Kids
  • YouTube

 

Principals' Assessment of Public Education Highlights Importance of College and Career Readiness

The 2018 Principals' Assessment of Public Education has been released. Among the issues raised are college and career readiness, and the related area of career and technical education. Notably, the report states "There are thousands of jobs that require technical training but do not require a college degree. On the other hand, there are still too many high school graduates who arrive at college unprepared for college level instruction."

Adopted versus Implemented - Understanding the Timelines

If you're willing to be a sleuth, you can generally find all of this information hidden within each state's DOE website, including the adoption date, implementation timeline and/or revision cycle. If you don't have the time to sleuth this information out, you can count on us to do it for you! Generally speaking, state legislatures are responsible for establishing academic standards in nearly all states. Nearly every legislature then tasks its state board/department of education with adopting and implementing the standards.

Blockchains, Cryptocurrency, and Ledgers, Oh My!

So what is a blockchain and what are the applications for a blockchain? Blockchain is a digital record of a transaction. A transaction is simply an exchange of data. One type of data are cryptocoins. Trending in the news are articles about cryptocoins which use blockchain methodology. The idea being that a transaction is verifiable.

Catholic Curriculum Standards: More than just Academics

In the past three years, Google searches for queries such as "best education system in the world" and the "whole child" approach have hit record highs as educators and parents across the nation eagerly seek out new ways to help students. State agencies and educational think tanks churn out new standards, tests, and methodologies yearly in response-and yet Catholic schools have always been focused on the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.

Announcing New Resources Added to the Curriculum Matrix March 2018

2,300 new resources have been added to the Curriculum Matrix from the sources listed below:

  • Grammar Revolution
  • GrammarBook.com
  • Illustrative Math
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • The Punctuation Guide
  • Weather Wiz Kids

Expand the 21st Century Skills Standards?

There is an interest to expand the 21st Century Skills educational standards from the current 4 "Cs", to 5 or 6 core skills. The current "4C's of 21st century" skills consist of 1) critical thinking, 2) creativity, 3) collaboration, and 4) communication. The 5th 'C' would represent "Computational" skills, or computational thinking, and become another core skill of the 21st Century Skills, and would be taught to all students.