Massachusetts decided to apply for Race to the Top funding in Round 2 after all. So that means it has to adopt the common standards by Aug. 2, or lose points—as it did in Round 1—in the competition. A couple weeks ago, Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester said that officials there were reconsidering applying for Round 2. But they apparently decided to go for it, because they submitted their application on Saturday, according to this story from the Boston Globe. There were some who saw Massachusetts' "reconsidering" stance as purely political. Critics who think the common standards...
The U.S. House today approved legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, following partisan wrangling in recent weeks that had delayed final action.
As we move into what I've come to think of as adoption season for the common standards, states have much to think about. But the Race to the Top competition doesn't give states much time to think things over. (To maximize their points in that competition, they have to promise to adopt common standards by Aug. 2.) That's why some have been arguing that the federal education department should consider easing up on that Aug. 2 deadline. Deciding whether to supersede your own standards, which took boatloads of time, money and political juice to put in place, is no small ...
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor suggests that the No Child Left Behind Act holds some blame for the weak knowledge of civics among young people.
West Virginia gives conditional approval to the common standards.
Common standards factor into Virginia's decision to pull out of Race to the Top and prove a stumbling point in Oklahoma legislation designed to enhance its position for the federal contest.
Hawaii and Maryland become the second and third states to adopt the common standards even before they are out in final form.
Texas's standards require students to study the "free enterprise system and its benefits."
You've been reading here about Massachusetts' tightrope walk on Race to the Top and the common standards. You remember: the state, much revered for its high academic standards, says it will not adopt the common standards if they are less rigorous than its own. But to be best positioned to win a chunk of the money available under Race to the Top, it has to promise by the June 1 RTT application deadline to adopt the common standards—which won't be released in their final form until June 2—by August 2. What's a state to do? Some people are...
The Texas state board of education has completed work on controversial new standards for social studies, but critics suggest this isn't the final word on the matter.