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May 28, 2010

Common Standards: Sing It, Aretha!

As we move into what I've come to think of as adoption season for the common standards, states have much to think about. But the Race to the Top competition doesn't give states much time to think things over. (To maximize their points in that competition, they have to promise to adopt common standar...

May 27, 2010

West Virginia Approves Common Standards

West Virginia gives conditional approval to the common standards.

May 27, 2010

Common Standards Create Race to Top Snags in Two States

Common standards factor into Virginia's decision to pull out of Race to the Top and prove a stumbling point in Oklahoma legislation designed to enhance its position for the federal contest.

May 26, 2010

Hawaii, Maryland Tentatively OK Common Standards

Hawaii and Maryland become the second and third states to adopt the common standards even before they are out in final form.

May 25, 2010

Seeking an End to the 'Massachusetts Madness'

You've been reading here about Massachusetts' tightrope walk on Race to the Top and the common standards. You remember: the state, much revered for its high academic standards, says it will not adopt the common standards if they are less rigorous than its own. But to be best positioned to win a chun...

May 24, 2010

Common Standards: Focus Soon Shifts to State Adoption

Colorado, like other states, is hashing out how to mesh adoption of common standards with its own newly revised standards.

May 21, 2010

Can We Get Comparability Without One National Test?

In a new paper, the College Board, the ETS, and Pearson Learning explore ways to get test-score comparability across multiple assessments.

May 19, 2010

Massachusetts: Pulling Out of Race to Top Round 2?

Massachusetts says it's reconsidering applying for Round 2 of Race to the Top.

May 18, 2010

Additional Players in Race to Top Assessment Contest?

The ETS, College Board and Pearson Learning form a new collaborative on assessment to support the Race to the Top initiative.

May 14, 2010

Why the Race to Top Assessment Competition Is Important

The former education director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation argues that states have a grand opportunity in the Race to the Top assessment competition.

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