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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.

September 23, 2010

College Admissions Exam Smackdown: Another Round

Those of you who were interested in the recent annual SAT report might recall that it yielded some interesting news about the historic rivalry between the SAT and the ACT. For the first time, more students took the ACT than the SAT, according to traditional measures. When I reported that fact in ou...

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...

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