A growing number of school districts are shifting to a four-day school week, an AP story finds.

The public feedback on common standards is summarized and released, along with a report of the validation committee, without the support of five of its members.

A new report raises concerns about state "loopholes" that may prevent many students from getting adequate P.E. at school.

Wisconsin and North Carolina join the list of states to embrace the common standards.

The long-awaited final version of the academic standards in math and English/language arts were released this morning. Take a look at my story. I'll be updating it later today, after a press conference outside Atlanta orchestrated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers....

New survey research gives a closer look at how Americans, and parents of school-age children in particular, view math and science education

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.


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