The GED will become available via computer in four states this spring.
The announcement comes as most federal aid for literacy at the Education Department was wiped out as part of a stopgap spending measure.
College preparation and career preparation are merging, experts say in a discussion about career readiness.
The common standards' emphasis on students' skill with complex texts and disciplinary literacy pushes teachers to rethink how they should do their jobs.
Even as federal aid for several literacy programs has been wiped away, President Obama seems more focused on math and science education.
A call for shared curriculum generates debate.
The newspaper found 1,600 examples of "anomalies" in test-score gains that experts deem statistically rare and "perhaps suspect."
A plan introduced by Senate Democrats would restore $200 million for the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program.
The minute anyone says "common curriculum," there is an instantaneous reaction in some quarters that envisions every 3rd grader in America reading from the exact same page of the exact same textbook at the exact same moment on a given Tuesday in February. Is our problem here just a semantic one?
With the development of new tests for the common standards, it will be interesting to see how states phase out or tweak their old assessment systems.