The action in Indiana comes as the common-core standards do not include the teaching of cursive.
Several events planned for this week examine various aspects of STEM education.
A new report calls for policies that would help align early childhood learning with elementary school, even as some experts worry that federal policy will push inappropriate testing into preschool.
The Imagination Summit later this month will bring together experts in a variety of areas, including education, business, science, and the arts.
New documents from the writers of the common standards seek to guide publishers in developing curriculum for the common standards in English/language arts.
Last year, the state cut out similar writing tests for students in the elementary and middle grades.
The bill would add LGBT students to the list of groups whose roles and contributions must be "accurately portrayed" in social studies courses.
Supporters of the STEM contest include the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Google, and Exxon Mobil Foundation.
The new Race to the Top challenge presses states to come up with ways to gauge the quality of their early-childhood programs, and develop standards and assessments to check the youngest students' progress.
The coalition brings together a variety of organizations and institutions to promote President Obama's goal of recruiting 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.