Last year, the state cut out similar writing tests for students in the elementary and middle grades.
The bill would add LGBT students to the list of groups whose roles and contributions must be "accurately portrayed" in social studies courses.
Supporters of the STEM contest include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Google, and Exxon Mobil Foundation.
The new Race to the Top challenge presses states to come up with ways to gauge the quality of their early-childhood programs, and develop standards and assessments to check the youngest students' progress.
The coalition brings together a variety of organizations and institutions to promote President Obama's goal of recruiting 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.
A state consortium designing tests for the common standards cuts back on the number of tests in its design.
In an open letter, a group of education-technology leaders presses the two state assessment consortia to produce innovative tests that take full advantage of new styles of learning made possible by technology.
Most educators still don't understand the difference between their own state standards and the common standards, an expert tells Southern state board members
The researchers say a policy focus on getting more high schoolers to take advanced STEM courses may not be the best approach.
A new crop of state laws and local initiatives seeks to build a strong early-childhood basis to lead to 3rd grade reading proficiency.