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 ...

The latest issue of the journal Science features a set of articles that explores the link between science learning and language skills.

Voting is under way on the six finalists for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

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The lead writers of the common core standards take the microphone at a public forum to discuss the key ideas that inform those documents.


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