Six urban districts are reported to be participants in a plan to pilot the common standards.


Stories worth reading on what makes schools for boys of color work, and on reading-comprehension research.


A new federal study finds "substantial evidence" that physical activity can help improve student achievement.


More details emerge about a consortium planning to apply for Race to the Top Assessment money.


ASCD plans to design professional development for the common standards.


A Senate hearing the other day was something of a lovefest for the common-core standards.


Remember that other Race to the Top competition? The one that will dole out $350 million for development and implementation of assessments aligned to common standards? Well, we have our first official indication of who's going to apply for that money. Those of you wonky enough to have followed every breath of this thing are going to jump all over me and say that we already had an inkling of who was going to apply. And that's true; we've reported on the evolution of the applicant groups, or "consortia," and how their applications will be judged, in stories here and ...


Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan has won the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.


We don't get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews with two of the other lead writers, Sally Hampton (ELA) and Phil Daro (math), are being posted on the website of America's Choice, where both are senior fellows. The interview clips, posted on the organization's "common-core-standards resources" page, are brief but interesting. (Hampton's are up now; Daro's are forthcoming.) ...


California has reviewed a new set of digital textbooks for use in classrooms statewide.


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