Far more Washington insiders think the PARCC assessment consortium is "on the right track" than is the other testing group, Smarter Balanced, but both group's ratings are improving.


A new website tracks state legislation related to the Common Core State Standards.


Rhode Island has developed a blueprint to ensure that students learn a foreign language.


A state testing consortium is inviting public comment on two documents that aim to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.


Ohio's governor has signed a new law that ties promotion of 3rd graders to their performance on a 3rd grade reading test.


Defining career readiness hasn't been discussed as much by the common standards assessment consortia as has college readiness.


School districts with a combined annual purchasing power of $2 billion band together to demand instructional materials from publishers that reflect the common standards.


Alaska reportedly is inquiring about joining an assessment consortium, although federal rules require a state to have adopted the common standards.


Students in Highlands County, Fla., could do animal dissections virtually if the district adopts a proposal to abandon the use of real specimens in science classes.


An organization of state directors of career and technical education has released a set of common standards in that subject.


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