July 2010 Archives

Yes, common-standards addicts, you get a tidbit of news to finish up your week. Tennessee has adopted the common standards. So the map of the moment looks like this: Remember that Tennessee was one of the two states that won Race to the Top money in Round 1. As an RTT winner, it wouldn't have looked all that great if it blew off the Aug. 2 deadline the feds specified for maximum points. Delaware, the other Round 1 winner, hasn't adopted yet. Stay tuned....

Those of you who have slogged through our coverage of the Race to the Top assessment competition (story here, blog items here and here, for instance) know that those proposals are pretty hefty documents. So it's cool that the folks at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management decided to create graphic depictions of those plans. The Center, created last year and funded by the Educational Testing Service, designed graphics for the proposals submitted by the two consortia of states that are competing for the $320 million to design comprehensive assessment systems. The two consortia have reviewed and approved ...

The common-standards adoption ticker reaches 31 today with Iowa's decision to adopt. So here's your map: Iowa, you might recall, hasn't been the biggest fan of academic standards. It was the last state to give in to the state-standards movement. Now it's signed on to the common set....

Greetings, common-standards junkies. I keep waiting for the crash of the mighty adoption wave, since we are only a few days away from the Aug. 2 Race to the Top deadline (maximum points, remember?). But it could be that the RTT-driven adoptions have crested (nearly all those still in the running have adopted, as we told you when the semifinalists were announced). So in the quiet of the moment, with no updated map to post, I can feed your habit with a selection of common-standards stuff from the blogosphere. The Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" blog has thoughts from cognitive scientist ...

You've probably already heard about the 19 finalists in Round 2 of the Race to the Top competition. And if you read this blog frequently, you already know that adoption of the common standards is one of the things that gave states points—or cost them points—in that competition. So what do we see if we compare our list of Round 2 finalists with our list of states that have adopted the common standards? Nothing all that shocking, really, given the incentives that are hanging out there for adoption (federal money, great educational improvements, or both, depending on who's...

Greetings, common-standards addicts! I'm back on the Watch, and I have this to report: Florida adopted the common standards today. That brings to 30 the number of states that have adopted. Note of trivia: The Sunshine State's board of education could well win the prize for speed. Members adopted the standards in six minutes, according to a department of education spokeswoman. The unanimous vote was held via conference call. Don't let the trivia distract you from the real deal, though; Florida's adoption is significant. It's one of those states folks watch if they're trying to take education's temperature. And it ...

The District of Columbia last night became the 29th adopter of the common benchmarks crafted as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk New York adopted the common standards on Monday—with so little fanfare that I missed it at first—and, of course, Massachusetts officially signed on today, with so much drama involved that it was absolutely impossible to miss. We'll soon have a full story up on edweek.org analyzing the situation in Massachusetts, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you'll want to turn your attention to the District of Columbia, which is poised to adopt the standards tonight. Including the "provisional" adoptions in Washington and Utah, we're now up to 28 states that have adopted...

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk The fabulous Catherine Gewertz is on vacay this week, but common standards stop for no one! And so we bring you the news that the latest common-standard adoption tally is 26 states, kind-of-sort-of, now that Washington state has provisionally approved the common content guidelines in mathematics and reading. If you're wondering what "provisionally" means, the bottom line is that state Superintendent Randy Dorn must give the legislature a final review in January 2011, complete with an analysis of the costs of implementation and a comparison of the current academic-content standards with those produced by the ...

The California state board of education is expected to vote on the common standards on Aug. 2.

Efforts are building across the country to promote computer science education in schools.

A California commission voted to recommend that the state adopt recently developed common standards, but not before putting its own imprint on them.

South Carolina is the 25th state to adopt the common standards.

Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland wants to waive AP test fees for students.

California commission prepares to make its recommendations to the state board on the common standards.

The draft framework issued by an NRC panel seeks to move science education toward a "more coherent vision."

Arkansas adopts the common standards, making a total of 24 states.

The Washington Post explores the Gates Foundation's impact on education; The Hechinger Report explores the dropout crisis, and the NGA's new chairman announces a focus on college completion.

A panel convened by the National Research Council has just issued a draft framework to guide the development of a set of "next generation" science standards.

The Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $10 million to WestEd to create a National Center for Cognition and Mathematics Instruction.

Education Week now offers a map of the states that have adopted the common standards.

New Hampshire adopts the common standards

The president of the American Federation of Teachers says students need a "rich, well-rounded curriculum" and that these offerings are not "routinely in place" in public schools.

Georgia adopts the common standards.

Connecticut adopts the common standards.

One-quarter of Americans, and even more young adults, do not the country from which the United States gained independence.

States are busily comparing their own standards to the common core.

A federal competition for innovation dollars attracts lots of ideas to improve education across a variety of areas in the curriculum, from math and science to literacy.

Two more states adopt the common standards. But finding out about it isn't as easy as we anticipated.

How can states and districts figure out which curriculum and instructional materials are strongly aligned to the common standards? That's a question that's hovering large in the minds of the people who have been designing the standards and those who will have to put them into action. We've reported on some of the ongoing discussions in the field about this. It's a tricky question that wanders into some sticky turf. Some have suggested that it would be best to set up an independent panel to review materials that publishers will predictably rush to claim are highly aligned to the standards. ...

A lot of discussion and debate have accompanied the design stage of the common standards, and more will follow as states move into the adoption and implementation stages. But as important as the standards are, many have long argued that the assessments designed to reflect those standards will be far more influential on education than will the standards themselves. Bill Tucker makes this case in an article appearing in the magazine Education Next and in Education Sector's blog, The Quick and the Ed. (Check an earlier blog post of ours , too, for more on the importance of the common assessments.) ...

Pennsylvania and Louisiana make 18 states that have adopted the common standards.


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