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.
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute issues a set of papers exploring how the common standards will be governed in coming years.
Thirteen states have now adopted the common standards.
The two main state consortia submitting applications for Race to the Top money provide a glimpse of the testing systems they plan to propose.
A new study suggests that middle school music instruction enhances students' academic achievement in algebra.