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...
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November 01, 2010
October 28, 2010
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
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
New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the common standards.
October 19, 2010
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
Kansas becomes the 39th state to adopt the common standards.
October 07, 2010
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
Minnesota becomes the 38th state to adopt the common standards, but only in English/language arts
September 29, 2010
The South Dakota board of education votes to move common standards to the public-hearing stage.
September 08, 2010
A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes ...