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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.

August 17, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Vermont Makes 36

Vermont becomes the 36th state to adopt the common standards.

August 17, 2010

Reading Roundup: Standout High Schools and More

A few things to read on a slow August morning: • A new report from the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard. It profiles the leadership of 15 public high schools, tracking the things they did to make their schools standouts. • A recent survey by Achieve that finds broad support for t...

August 12, 2010

Common Standards, Accountability, the Feds, and Texas

The common-standards initiative is in transition. For a while, it was all about development. The next wave was about state adoptions. Now states and districts are trying to figure out how to turn the standards into teachable stuff for kids. In that spirit, Kathleen Porter-Magee, over at the Fordha...

August 10, 2010

Deadlines, Delaware, and the Common Standards

If you've been following the common-standards coverage in this blog, you know that Aug. 2 was a big-deal day, because states vying for Race to the Top money got maximum points if they had adopted the standards by then. When the RTT Round 2 finalists were announced, we noted that nearly all states th...

August 09, 2010

NAGB: Wrestling With Common Standards, Testing Exclusions

Roberto J. Rodriguez, a key education adviser in the White House, told the National Assessment Governing Board that the administration is "thrilled" with states' progress in adopting the common standards. He appeared at NAGB's quarterly meeting here in Washington last Friday to reflect on the presid...

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...

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