The new executive director of the NASSP has placed a high priority on preparing principals for the common standards.
The $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation is designed to create a road map for improving student knowledge of geography.
The AFT advocates multiple curricula for the common standards.
The New York Times sees a business opportunity in the common standards.
A June 28-29 conference at Teachers College will explore such themes as "metaphysics in the classroom."
Black and Hispanic 4th graders have made sizable gains in history achievement since 1994, though the change may be explained by improved literacy.
North Dakota becomes the 46th to adopt the common standards.
The U.S. Department of Education's announcement that it will grant waivers to NCLB requirements could raise questions for states helping design common assessments.
A coalition of minority groups pushes for key high-school-improvement measures to be included in a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The national coalition intends to have the voluntary standards completed by the fall of 2012.