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Titles Available for 2017-2018 NEA Big Read Programming

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Literacy/Reading

https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/2017-18-NEA-Big-Read-Books-revised.pdf

Announces list of 28 titles for community-wide reading programs sponsored by NEA.  The focus is on contemporary books and authors with a wide range of genres.  From the National Endowment for the Arts

 

The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading at Grade 12

Categories: Education,Headlines,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_g12_2015/#

Reports results of national tests which showed a drop in math scores from 2013 results by the high school seniors.  Shows trend lines, includes a video, and provides links to download data tables.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

(education     headlines     literacy/reading     mathematics     statistics     tests/assessments)

The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading Assessments

Categories: Education,Headlines,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#?grade=4

Unified site for examining the results of testing of 4th and 8th graders in math and reading by districts, states, and the nation. Reports declines at both levels in math and at the 8th grade level in reading. Also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress

 

Efficiency and Effectiveness of K-12 Spending: 2015

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt472.pdf

Virginia relies more on localities to fund K-12 education than other states, while Virginia students score above national and Southeast region averages on reading and math tests. From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Students Make Across-the-Board Gains on SOLs

Categories: Education,Language,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2015/08_aug11.shtml

Reports on outcome of 2014-15 Standards of Learning  tests in English, mathematics, history, and science in Virginia schools.  From the Virginia Department of Education

 

Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/subject/publications/studies/pdf/2015046.pdf

Differing state standards make it difficult to measure student achievement at the national level.  This report presents the results of a method for blending state standards with those of the National Assessment of Educational Progress for measuring reading and math proficiency.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

American Time Use Survey 2014 Results

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Children,Labor/Employment,Literacy/Reading,Recreation/Travel,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/atus.pdf

Latest data on such factors as number of hours worked from home, time devoted to household and leisure activities, and care of household children.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Headlines,Libraries/Museums,Literacy/Reading

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-096.html

Agency press release announcing the first U.S. Hispanic poet laureate who will serve during 2015-16.   Includes background information on Herrera and on the office including a full list of past laureates.  From the Library of Congress

 

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