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.

We've written in this blog and in EdWeek about teachers' often frustrating search for instructional materials that reflect the common standards. There is more and more stuff out there, of course, but finding it and figuring out how good it is are big challenges. In that light, it's interesting to note that the American Federation of Teachers has unveiled a new website that offers lesson plans and other curricular resources. My colleague Stephen Sawchuk has the details for you over at Teacher Beat. The website, "Share My Lesson," is being populated by teachers, who are uploading materials they think might ...

A website helps students track the child slave labor used to produce things they own.

A professional development group has won a $4.3 million contract to train teachers as leaders in the PARCC assessment system.

Unless you've been napping for the last few years, you know that the college agenda is casting a huge shadow over the education policy landscape, with lots of ruminating about preparation, access, success, and completion. Onto that landscape comes a new report that certificates—not associate degrees, and not bachelor's degrees—are the fastest-growing type of postsecondary credential in the United States. Not only are they affordable and typically much quicker to get than two- or four-year degrees, they can be a steppingstone to higher degrees and can "often" yield nice financial returns, according to the Georgetown Center on Education...

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