« Additional Players in Race to Top Assessment Contest? | Main | Mass. Group Seeks Common-Standards Communications »

Massachusetts: Pulling Out of Race to Top Round 2?

It was only Monday that we were telling you how Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester had laid out a timeline for common-standards adoption that would get the state maximum points in Round 2 of Race to the Top. Now comes news that maybe Massachusetts won't apply at all.

Chester told a Boston radio station that it's "maddening" that the state lost points in Round 1 because it refused to promise it would adopt common standards before the final version was even out. Nonetheless, he said, the state is moving ahead at full speed to prepare its application, but it's not sure it will actually submit it.

Hmmm. It's not as though the final standards document will come as a surprise to top Massachusetts education officials, who have been working closely with the standards-writers the whole way through. (The state board of education, which will have to go thumbs-up-or-down on the standards, has not had the same level of intimate involvement, though.)

Both Chester and state Education Secretary Paul Reville have, you might remember, made a very public and very repeated point of saying that the state would not adopt any standards that are inferior to its own much-admired set. So it was interesting to hear on Monday of the RTT-compliant timeline Chester had sketched out for the board. And now, perhaps, some misgivings?

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login |  Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more