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November 03, 2010

Election Results Raise Questions for Common Standards

Yesterday's elections shifted the political landscape to the right, and that could bring about some key education policy changes nationally and in states about academic standards and assessments.

November 01, 2010

Will Elections Shift the Winds for Common Standards?

If you have been following the wave of adoptions of the common standards, you might well wonder what the elections this week will hold for their future. As my colleague Erik noted below, this election is really worth watching for its potential impact on education. Even though 41 states have adopt...

October 28, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Oregon's Adoption Makes 41

Yes, common-standards watchers, we have a new map for you. The Oregon board of education voted today to approve the common standards, making it the 41st state (including the District of Columbia) to do so. So this is what your Common-Standards Nation looks like now:

October 22, 2010

Court to Teachers: No Free Speech Rights on Curriculum

A court ruling this week held a potent message for teachers: you can't use the First Amendment to defend your curricular decisions. The federal appeals court ruling out of Cincinnati notes that the school board has the ultimate right to set policy in that area, and to fire teachers whose choices fly...

October 20, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: New Mexico Makes 40

New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the common standards.

October 19, 2010

Implementing the Common Standards: Experts Weigh In

Now that most states have adopted the common standards, many minds are turning to the question of how to implement them. Case in point: a report out today from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. You might recall that the Fordham folks, here in Washington, have weighed in by grading the common standa...

October 13, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: With Kansas, It's 39

Kansas becomes the 39th state to adopt the common standards.

October 07, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Maine Moves a Step Closer

Maine's commissioner of education approves the common standards, but the legislature still must approve them in order for that adoption to become final.

September 30, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Minnesota's ELA Makes 38

Minnesota becomes the 38th state to adopt the common standards, but only in English/language arts

September 29, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: South Dakota Takes A Step

The South Dakota board of education votes to move common standards to the public-hearing stage.

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