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How can you mobilize to help the nation improve math and science education for all students? Read recommended actions from The Opportunity Equation report. MORE

We must raise the bar in education and rethink the design of school if we want excellent math and science learning for all students. The Opportunity Equation report provides a roadmap for this vision with recommendations for key stakeholders. MORE


Common Core Standards: Why Did States Choose to Adopt?

We hear from: Former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Education Commissioners Eric J. Smith (FL) and Mitchell D. Chester (MA), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Chester Finn. MORE


Common standards, linked with rigorous assessments, set the bar for all students—from struggling to advanced—to master academically rigorous content and succeed in the global economy. MORE


Arizona High School to Offer New STEM Diplomas

Erik Robelen
Education Week

We've written recently about the growth of STEM-focused schools, but here's an interesting twist: An Arizona school district recently announced plans to offer two specialized STEM diplomas at a high school.

The Chandler Unified School District, starting next school year, will make available an advanced pathway in the STEM fields at Perry High School in Gilbert. Students can enroll in either the STEM Diploma program or the more rigorous STEM Scholar Diploma program.

The governing board for the Chandler district, south of Phoenix, recently approved the plans for Perry High, according to a story in the East Valley Tribune newspaper.

Both diploma programs would involve students taking additional, as well as more rigorous, STEM coursework than is generally required to graduate.

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