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May 07, 2010

Trying Out the Common Standards in Urban Districts

Six urban districts are reported to be participants in a plan to pilot the common standards.

May 06, 2010

More on That Mystery Consortium in RTT Test Contest

More details emerge about a consortium planning to apply for Race to the Top Assessment money.

May 06, 2010

ASCD Plans Professional Development for Common Standards

ASCD plans to design professional development for the common standards.

May 05, 2010

The Role of Common Standards in the New ESEA

A Senate hearing the other day was something of a lovefest for the common-core standards.

May 04, 2010

Race to Top Test Competition: Who's in the Game?

Remember that other Race to the Top competition? The one that will dole out $350 million for development and implementation of assessments aligned to common standards? Well, we have our first official indication of who's going to apply for that money. Those of you wonky enough to have followed ever...

May 04, 2010

Common-Standards Writers Speak: Chapter 2

We don't get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews w...

April 29, 2010

State-by-State Flashcards on the Common Standards

I don't know about you, but I've still got a student living under my roof, so I see flashcards in use from time to time at my kitchen table. (Yes, even in this tech-heavy age, even at the high school level, some of her teachers suggest that students memorize certain things by making flashcards.) Th...

April 28, 2010

The Financial Ripple Effect of Common Standards

We've talked before about the effect that common standards and assessments could have on the publishing industry (see a blog post here and a story here). Today we have one more peek into those possibilities. In a conference call yesterday to discuss first-quarter earnings for this year, McGraw-Hill...

April 26, 2010

Should All Students Take Algebra 2? Who Should Decide?

If all students shouldn't be required to take Algebra 2, who will decide for them, and what will those implications be?

April 13, 2010

How Much Do Career- and College-Readiness Overlap?

It's a hot topic now: It's no longer enough to just graduate from high school. Students have to be sure that their high school education actually prepares them for college or good jobs. (If you thought that was obvious, you were ahead of a lot of folks, who, um, didn't.) It's popular to say everyon...

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