Its state standards were found to be similar enough to the Common Core State Standards that using a common-core-aligned assessment was deemed appropriate.
President Obama hosted his third White House Science Fair yesterday. During the event, he announced a new STEM initiative as part of the AmeriCorps program.
A new Florida measured signed today by Gov. Rick Scott would make Algebra 2 an optional course, raising questions about fidelity to the common-core standards.
Even though Alaska never adopted the common standards, it has joined a consortium working to design tests for those standards.
The influential newspaper says the Common Core State Standards initiative is "clearly the most important education reform in the country's history."
PARCC seeks public comment on its proposed policies governing the common assessments that students are scheduled to take in 2015.
More than 7,500 math educators are gathered in Denver this week for the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
As the longtime high school equivalency test undergoes a major redesign, many states are concerned about its rising cost.
The move holds symbolic importance for the two federally funded assessment consortia, which are mindful of maintaining membership in order to stay viable.
President Obama's new budget request calls for creating new STEM education programs, as well as a High School Redesign initiative.