Experts caution the assessment consortia about making tests accessible to special-needs students, and designing a successful system that has multiple, varying goals.


Unlike most efforts to improve instruction in the STEM subjects, the initiative at St. Catherine University targets elementary teachers.


Common standards—or some kind of college- and career-ready standards—will play a pivotal role in states' chances to get waivers from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.


One of the two assessment consortia releases a document that edges closer to offering a picture of what mastering the common standards should look like.


A conservative Arizona think tank sponsored the effort to promote model state legislation designed to complicate adoption or implementation of the common standards.


Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush helped quash a move to create a model legislative package for state lawmakers to inhibit adoption and implementation of the common standards.


A federal official responds to questions about NAEP results in light of widespread cheating in Atlanta on state tests.


One of the common assessment consortia issues a request for proposals that details the requirements necessary to write its test items.


The state has been a battleground for teaching about evolution, but the new standards are expected to be firmly grounded in the evolutionary theory.


One of the two groups of states designing test for the common standards issues draft "content frameworks" for public comment.


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