NASA has recently developed a set of educational videos hosted by scientists and mathematicians.
Teachers in New York City learn new ways of gauging a text's complexity, and ways to teach discipline-specific reading strategies.
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.