A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes an "insiders' survey" about perceptions of the two state consortia that recently won Race to the Top assessment grants. It finds some intriguing things, and offers a little tease here. Full results are due out tomorrow. • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation highlights its work on the common-core standards in its annual report (see Page 5). ...


A new video series intended for classroom use will explore the "science of football."


A $2 million grant from the NSF will enable researchers to study an elementary math curriculum developed in Russia.


The blogosphere hasn't exactly been spilling over with chat about the Race to the Top assessment grants awarded last week. (See story here, more on Ed Sec Arne Duncan's speech here, and details about how the consortia were judged here.) If you are craving more dialogue about these potentially influential new tests, you might want to drop by the National Journal, which is devoting a good chunk of space to that topic today. The entries are just now trickling in, so keep checking back as they stack up. The National Journal's experts-in-education forums typically draw thought-provoking input from heavy-hitters in ...


Texas may cut state spending on textbooks and science labs as part of a budget plan produced by the state education agency.


A look at the scoring sheets offers some insight into the winners—and the review process.


As you know if you've been reading this space, Ed Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of the Race to the Top assessment competition yesterday. (Check our story here for a catch-up if needed.) We linked you to his speech yesterday, but it's meaty enough that it's worth revisiting today. It's not that there was anything new or groundbreaking in the address; it's just that Duncan situates the assessment announcement more fully in the context of the administration's priorities and goals than is often the case. If you had any doubt about what Duncan and his boss envision for teaching, ...


Two state groups win federal Race to the Top funding to design comprehensive testing systems, and a third, vying for funding for high school tests, fails to make the grade.


Winners of the Race to the Top assessment grants will be announced this morning.


A new study suggests that students may be better off attending a K-8 school than moving to a stand-alone middle school.


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