A leader of a group working on common assessments joins the U.S. Department of Education.

South Carolina and Minnesota are considering bills to nullify or ward off adoption of the common standards.

"This is an educational solution that has been hiding in plain sight," the executive director of the report says of arts education.

New Hampshire is weighing a measure to require the legislature's approval of academic standards.

Last week's announcement that the Gates and Pearson foundations are teaming up to provide online curriculum for the common standards has prompted interesting new rounds of dialogue. We reported some folks' reservations in our story, but more are still ricocheting around the blogosphere. Take, for instance, a post by EdWeek opinion blogger Diane Ravitch, who cites the Gates-Pearson deal as the "outrage of the week." The comments section of Ravitch's post neatly captures key strains in the debate about developing curriculum for the common standards: resentment about the roles of corporations, big foundations, or the federal government; worry about too ...

Most U.S. students failed to reach the proficient level on the 2010 NAEP civics exam.

The report calls the math and science competency of elementary teachers a 'blind spot' in the nation's policies to improve STEM learning.

Two Californians urge their state to keep join both testing consortia while it figures out which group's approach is best for the state.

A Washington research group urges the state assessment consortia to heed key design features that maximize usefulness of the data.

The Maryland educator will attend a White House ceremony tomorrow to be honored as the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.

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