A top official from the biggest common-core funder in the country says districts and schools should wait before basing teacher evaluations and student promotion decisions on tests based on the new standards.
This week, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards released the final version of its voluntary national standards in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual artsand one coalition official said he expects nearly every state in the country to adopt them.
Fifty-eight percent of U.S. K-12 students live in states that are not currently planning to use common tests designed by the two consortia.
Despite her previous support for the Common Core State Standards, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signs a bill that requires the state to replace them with its own academic standards.
Even though South Carolina has jettisoned the common core, its new standards won't take effect until 2015-16.
The Kentucky education commissioner is scheduled to announce that the state will officially implement the Next Generation Science Standards this fall, but testing won't start for at least another year.
The instructional-materials market rose 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, raising hopes that the recession-battered business might be bouncing back. But sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down again.
A new federal report found that fewer graduates of rural schools completed a sequence of science courses than graduates of non-rural schools.
The president of the Association of American Publishers sees the uncertainty of common-core implementation as an opportunity for instructional-materials designers to improve their support of teacher and students.
A survey of 500 district superintendents and administrators across 48 states shows mostly strong support for the common-core standards, but it also finds concern that the standards are being implemented too quickly with insufficient support.