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June 15, 2010

Standards and Professional Development: Hand in Hand

A veteran education policymaker argues that thoughtful professional development will be key to successful implementation of the common standards.

June 14, 2010

Experts Debate Road Ahead for Common Standards

Dialog and debate about the common standards unfolds after their final release.

June 04, 2010

What Was the Public Feedback on the Common Standards?

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.

June 03, 2010

Two More States Adopt the Common Standards

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

June 01, 2010

Massachusetts Applies for Race to Top Round 2

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...

May 28, 2010

Common Standards: Sing It, Aretha!

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 standar...

May 27, 2010

West Virginia Approves Common Standards

West Virginia gives conditional approval to the common standards.

May 27, 2010

Common Standards Create Race to Top Snags in Two States

Common standards factor into Virginia's decision to pull out of Race to the Top and prove a stumbling point in Oklahoma legislation designed to enhance its position for the federal contest.

May 26, 2010

Hawaii, Maryland Tentatively OK Common Standards

Hawaii and Maryland become the second and third states to adopt the common standards even before they are out in final form.

May 25, 2010

Seeking an End to the 'Massachusetts Madness'

You've been reading here about Massachusetts' tightrope walk on Race to the Top and the common standards. You remember: the state, much revered for its high academic standards, says it will not adopt the common standards if they are less rigorous than its own. But to be best positioned to win a chun...

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