One state has adopted the common standards but is not willing to make that public yet.
The late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was a strong champion of history and civics education in schools.
States are doing comparison studies between their own standards and the common core.
A special report from the American Prospect magazine examines early literacy.
Oklahoma becomes the 15th state to adopt the common standards.
Illinois adopts the common standards.
Three consortia of states are the only ones vying for federal money in the Race to the Top Assessment competition.
A $10 million federal grant will pay for research on improving math instruction for students in middle school.
The Race to the Top assessment applications are in the Department of Education's hands, and they detail new systems of assessment
Even as states submit their applications to develop new tests under Race to the Top, leading policymakers advise the field to proceed with care.