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.


The House science committee yesterday gave bipartisan approval to a bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act, which includes an emphasis on improving STEM education.


I don't know about you, but I've still got a student living under my roof, so I see flashcards in use from time to time at my kitchen table. (Yes, even in this tech-heavy age, even at the high school level, some of her teachers suggest that students memorize certain things by making flashcards.) Those of you following the common standards now have your own set of flashcards to use. (You don't have to make these yourselves. The Alliance for Excellent Education already did that for you.) These flashcards are electronic. You can go online and get the lay of ...


The House science committee today is taking up legislation aimed in part at improving STEM education.


We've talked before about the effect that common standards and assessments could have on the publishing industry (see a blog post here and a story here). Today we have one more peek into those possibilities. In a conference call yesterday to discuss first-quarter earnings for this year, McGraw-Hill executives discussed the impact of states' ordering decisions. To be sure, the tough economy had a lot to do with decisions to downsize or delay. (Company execs also talked about large orders they received from several states.) But common-core considerations are in the mix, in ways that are both potentially disappointing and ...


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