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August 06, 2010

Common Assessments in High School: A Graphic Version

Not long ago, we told you that the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management had created graphic depictions of the proposals submitted to the federal Ed Department under its Race to the Top program to create comprehensive assessment systems. We mentioned that the group was working on a s...

August 05, 2010

Common Standards: Moving From Adoption to Implementation

We've been keeping you informed as states adopt the common standards. But even as that happens, a lot of discussion is swirling about how to put them into practice. It's been uttered so often that it's pretty much a new mantra: Standards alone won't make a difference. You also need good curriculum, ...

August 04, 2010

Acquisition News in the World of Common Standards, Tests

Some players in the common-standards-and-assessments arena—folks you've been reading about here—have announced a business deal. Pearson PLC, the London-based education company, has agreed to buy America's Choice for $80 million. The agreement was announced yesterday. It still has to cle...

August 03, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: With Indiana, It's 35

Indiana adopted the common standards today, bringing the total number of adoptions to 35. The map is getting redder:

August 03, 2010

The Common-Standards Alignment Rush

If you had any doubt that publishers would rush to claim that their materials are aligned to the common standards, let us offer you an announcement that is altogether predictable: "Carnegie Learning® Math Curricula Align with Common Core State Standards." This press release was carried nationwide y...

August 02, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: California Makes 34

The common-standards movement lands another big one today: the California board of education voted unanimously to adopt the new set of academic expectations. Yes, yes, I know I just got finished telling you seconds ago that Colorado had adopted them today, too. But don't say we didn't warn you. W...

August 02, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: With Colorado, It's 33

On a 4-3 vote today, Colorado became the 33rd state to adopt the common standards (unless we've missed something out there):

July 30, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Tennessee Brings It to 32

Yes, common-standards addicts, you get a tidbit of news to finish up your week. Tennessee has adopted the common standards. So the map of the moment looks like this: Remember that Tennessee was one of the two states that won Race to the Top money in Round 1. As an RTT winner, it wouldn't have loo...

July 30, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Plans: A Graphic Version

Those of you who have slogged through our coverage of the Race to the Top assessment competition (story here, blog items here and here, for instance) know that those proposals are pretty hefty documents. So it's cool that the folks at the Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management decided...

July 29, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: With Iowa, It's 31

The common-standards adoption ticker reaches 31 today with Iowa's decision to adopt. So here's your map: Iowa, you might recall, hasn't been the biggest fan of academic standards. It was the last state to give in to the state-standards movement. Now it's signed on to the common set.

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