The California legislature has approved a plan intended to prevent controversial new social studies standards in Texas from reaching Golden State classrooms.

What does it mean that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is moving in with the Council of Chief State School Officers? It's not entirely clear yet, but it's already sent folks in some quarters into alert mode. Let's take a second for a refresher on who's who. The partnership, known to many as P21, is an organization that advocates the infusion of a broad range of skills such as collaboration, global awareness, and self-direction into a strong academic core of knowledge. (See its framework here.) You might have heard debate about whether P21's approach cheats content in its focus ...

With the U.S. Army finding more success in its recruiting efforts, it's phasing out a pilot program to help new soldiers earn a GED.

In all the analysis of yesterday's Race to the Top winners, not much has been said about what the results might mean for The Other Race to the Top competition. (Remember that $350 million hanging out there for new assessment systems?) Just as I was thinking that I was the only one odd enough to notice that the Round 2 winners tilted pretty darn heavily toward one assessment consortium, I saw that I wasn't alone. Blogger John Bailey over at the consulting outfit Whiteboard Advisors was noticing the same thing (hat tip to eduwonk for calling my attention to it). ...

Virtually every winning state in the federal Race to the Top competition has plans for improving STEM education.

If you've been following the common-standards initiative, you know that the "don't tread on me" spirit has proved to be one of the flashpoints in that work. And even now, with three-quarters of the states having already adopted the standards, we're still hearing states rattle their sabers at the feds over the common standards (headline version: "States to Feds: Stay the Hell Away From My Standards"). The federal-intrusion sentiment pre-existed Race to the Top, of course. That resentment was one of the ingredients in the implosion of earlier attempts at national standards. Keen awareness of that history shaped the name ...

A new STEM-focused school in Minnesota appears to be drawing families back to the Richfield district.

Some thoughts worth a look this morning: • A new report from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University's School of Education raises flags about using the SAT and ACT to size up high school student achievement. • An EdWeek commentary takes on some of the teaching complications prompted by the common standards' cross-disciplinary approach to English/language arts. • Another EdWeek commentary writer urges readers to fine-tune their "crap detectors" as they absorb the many claims of new systems to assess student learning....

A wave of curricular responses to the common standards is building.

Delaware becomes the 37th state to adopt the common standards.

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