The national coalition intends to have the voluntary standards completed by the fall of 2012.
California drops out of one assessment consortium and joins another, as states work to design tests for the common standards.
A College Board official tweets interesting tidbits from the annual AP Readings.
President Barack Obama unveils a group of new initiatives aimed at getting more young people prepared and certified for good jobs in manufacturing.
Education Week's annual "Diplomas Count" report explores trends in high school graduation rates, and after-high-school pathways other than a university degree.
The bill championed by Republican lawmakers was approved by a House panel today.
The two groups of states, one led by California and the other by Wisconsin, are pursuing $10.7 million in federal aid to create exams on English-language proficiency.
The National Research Council says the academic benefits of test-based incentive programs have been "quite small."
Federal aid to help promote the teaching of foreign languages was reduced as part of a recent budget deal in Washington.
The 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee is taking place just outside Washington this week.