A few assorted tidbits for you to get your week started: The Shanker blog reflects on the way too many people confuse standards with curriculum. (Hat tip to Joanne Jacobs.) Utah, which tentatively adopted the common standards way back in June, makes it final. The National Review revisits the testing mess in New York. (Refresher? Here is the New York Times story, with tons of reader comments.) Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber writes about teaching literacy across all content areas, something emphasized both in the common standards and in a major report on adolescent literacy. The ETS reports that progress has ...

Not long ago, we told you that the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management had created graphic depictions of the proposals submitted to the federal Ed Department under its Race to the Top program to create comprehensive assessment systems. We mentioned that the group was working on a similar graphic depiction of the RTT proposal to create a system of high school assessments. And now, it's done. You can see it on the Center's homepage. (Click on "the State Consortium on Board Examination Systems (SCOBES).") If you need a refresher course in what the Race to the Top assessment competition ...

A Senate bill approved yesterday that's designed to save education jobs would be paid for in part by cutting money from a federal reading program.

Former astronaut Sally Ride is working to help teachers spark their students' interest in science.

A striking number of proposals to improve instruction in reading and the STEM fields were among the winners of a federal grant competition to promote innovations in education.

We've been keeping you informed as states adopt the common standards. But even as that happens, a lot of discussion is swirling about how to put them into practice. It's been uttered so often that it's pretty much a new mantra: Standards alone won't make a difference. You also need good curriculum, instruction, professional development, and assessments that embody the standards. With that in mind, Achieve—which has been centrally involved in drafting the common standards—has put together an implementation guide that is designed to help states move the standards from state board offices to classrooms. The guide, "On...

Some players in the common-standards-and-assessments arena—folks you've been reading about here—have announced a business deal. Pearson PLC, the London-based education company, has agreed to buy America's Choice for $80 million. The agreement was announced yesterday. It still has to clear a federal antitrust review, but officials at the two companies say they expect it to close in about a month. You might recall that America's Choice was launched by the National Center on Education and the Economy, a Washington-based nonprofit school reform group, to implement the school improvement model it had developed. That model features standards-based instructional...

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:...

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