Should teachers focus more on higher-order skills?

02/9/2012 | Education Week

Two recent reports highlight the difficulty in teaching students higher-order reasoning and analytical skills. A study by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that teachers excelled in procedural tasks, but they struggled in analysis and using "problem-based approaches" -- skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. One interpretation of the reports, offers writer Stephen Sawchuk, is that No Child Left Behind's "focus on basic-skills tests has shifted the focus of instruction."

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