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.

The spending plan would prevent a government shutdown, but also eliminate federal funding for Striving Readers, Even Start, and Reading Is Fundamental, among other education programs.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan urges literacy campaign funders to help drive administration policy on early learning, chronic absenteeism, summer learning loss, and other issues that detract from building good reading skills.

The drop in exposure to arts education is most severe for Hispanics and African Americans.

A new report outlines federal funding sources for literacy programs aimed at children birth through 8.

Writers and reports provoke interesting debate about formative assessment, 21st century skills and college-admissions tests.

The AFT presses for shared curriculum linked to the common standards.

The National PTA creates guidance for parents on the new common standards.

Only 4 percent of 4th graders in the Cleveland and Detroit school systems were deemed "proficient" in science.

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