The Michigan House and Senate have overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow students to opt out of an Algebra II requirement if they obtain their parents' permission.


The editor of a journal for student research papers argues that an "evidence-based" approach to literacy instruction can undermine good teaching.


The College Board and ACT Inc., are soliciting state interest in forming consortia to apply for Race to the Top money for high school end-of-course tests.


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 ...


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