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October 22, 2010

Court to Teachers: No Free Speech Rights on Curriculum

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

Common-Standards Watch: New Mexico Makes 40

New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the common standards.

October 19, 2010

Implementing the Common Standards: Experts Weigh In

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

Common-Standards Watch: With Kansas, It's 39

Kansas becomes the 39th state to adopt the common standards.

October 07, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Maine Moves a Step Closer

Maine's commissioner of education approves the common standards, but the legislature still must approve them in order for that adoption to become final.

October 06, 2010

The High School Work of College Readiness

A new report from ACT Inc. explores how expanded college readiness in high school produces better college outcomes.

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.

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