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September 13, 2010

SAT Scores: A New Group Shifts the Picture

The College Board includes a previously excluded group of students in its annual report, which lowers test scores a point but allows it to claim that it maintains a popularity edge over rival ACT.

September 08, 2010

Reading Roundup: An Angry Board of Ed, Gates Report

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 ...

September 02, 2010

Two State Consortia Win Race to Top Assessment Grants

Two state groups win federal Race to the Top funding to design comprehensive testing systems, and a third, vying for funding for high school tests, fails to make the grade.

September 02, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Winners to be Announced Today

Winners of the Race to the Top assessment grants will be announced this morning.

August 30, 2010

21st-Century-Skills Group to Move In With the Chiefs

What does it mean that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is moving in with the Council of Chief State School Officers? It's not entirely clear yet, but it's already sent folks in some quarters into alert mode. Let's take a second for a refresher on who's who. The partnership, known to many as...

August 25, 2010

Race to Top Winners: Implications for Assessment Contest

In all the analysis of yesterday's Race to the Top winners, not much has been said about what the results might mean for The Other Race to the Top competition. (Remember that $350 million hanging out there for new assessment systems?) Just as I was thinking that I was the only one odd enough to not...

August 24, 2010

Federal-Intrusion Talk on Common Standards: A Win-Win?

If you've been following the common-standards initiative, you know that the "don't tread on me" spirit has proved to be one of the flashpoints in that work. And even now, with three-quarters of the states having already adopted the standards, we're still hearing states rattle their sabers at the fed...

August 20, 2010

Will the Common Standards Change Curriculum?

A wave of curricular responses to the common standards is building.

August 19, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Delaware Pushes Total to 37

Delaware becomes the 37th state to adopt the common standards.

August 18, 2010

ACT Scores Deliver Good and Bad News

The latest round of ACT scores shows how far most students--especially black and Hispanic students---have to go to be college ready.

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