Standards, standards, everywhere: The Council of Chief State School Officers, which teamed up with the National Governors Association to bring you the common standards (ever heard of them?), now delivers a draft set of professional teaching standards for teachers. Check out their paper on the policy implications of the standards, too....


A new commentary argues that schools should provide a far stronger emphasis on science in the elementary grades.


Indiana adopted the common standards today, bringing the total number of adoptions to 35. The map is getting redder:...


If you had any doubt that publishers would rush to claim that their materials are aligned to the common standards, let us offer you an announcement that is altogether predictable: "Carnegie Learning® Math Curricula Align with Common Core State Standards." This press release was carried nationwide yesterday by Business Wire. It wasn't the first, and most certainly won't be the last announcement of this type that rolls across the transom. This is just the sort of thing that common-standards advocates are grappling with as they look ahead to the shifts in the marketplace as more states adopt the standards. As ...


A House bill introduced late last month aims to promote high-quality computer science education in schools.


The common-standards movement lands another big one today: the California board of education voted unanimously to adopt the new set of academic expectations. Yes, yes, I know I just got finished telling you seconds ago that Colorado had adopted them today, too. But don't say we didn't warn you. We've been telling you until you are bored stiff that any state that won a Race to the Top grant—or is still in the running to get one—has to be mindful of the Aug. 2 deadline. As of late last week, we still had a few states that were...


On a 4-3 vote today, Colorado became the 33rd state to adopt the common standards (unless we've missed something out there):...


Yes, common-standards addicts, you get a tidbit of news to finish up your week. Tennessee has adopted the common standards. So the map of the moment looks like this: Remember that Tennessee was one of the two states that won Race to the Top money in Round 1. As an RTT winner, it wouldn't have looked all that great if it blew off the Aug. 2 deadline the feds specified for maximum points. Delaware, the other Round 1 winner, hasn't adopted yet. Stay tuned....


Those of you who have slogged through our coverage of the Race to the Top assessment competition (story here, blog items here and here, for instance) know that those proposals are pretty hefty documents. So it's cool that the folks at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management decided to create graphic depictions of those plans. The Center, created last year and funded by the Educational Testing Service, designed graphics for the proposals submitted by the two consortia of states that are competing for the $320 million to design comprehensive assessment systems. The two consortia have reviewed and approved ...


The common-standards adoption ticker reaches 31 today with Iowa's decision to adopt. So here's your map: Iowa, you might recall, hasn't been the biggest fan of academic standards. It was the last state to give in to the state-standards movement. Now it's signed on to the common set....


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