Unlike most AP offerings, the three studio-art programs dispense with the traditional pencil-and-paper exam in favor of student portfolios of artwork.
A speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan prompts clarification of the standards' stages of development.
Much of the historic narrowing of achievement gaps highlighted in a new NAEP report was accomplished by the late 1980s.
U.S. achievement for 9-year-olds and 13-year-olds has increased since the early 1970s in reading and math, but for 17-year-olds there's no measurable difference.
New documents describe what students need to demonstrate to show achievement at each of the five levels of PARCC's test in literacy and math.
PARCC will take an extra year to deliver diagnostic, midyear, and K-1 pieces of its system, so it can meet the deadline for summative tests.
The Vermont state board of education voted unanimously today to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.
In a speech, Arne Duncan says the federal government encouraged, but does not mandate, the common standards, and calls some critics' claims "really wacky."
The Maryland state board of education today voted 11 to 0 to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, bringing to four the number of states to take such action.
The Keystone State joins a slowly growing list of states participating in neither of the two big groups of states designing tests for the common standards.