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April 08, 2010

One Math Professor's Take on the Common Standards

To carry on in the spirit of a couple recent blog posts (here and here), where I've linked to reactions from a variety of folks to the common standards, here are some thoughts from Bert Fristedt, a math professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and former member of the National Mathematic...

April 07, 2010

Competition Narrowing in 'Race to the Common Test'

Race to the Top assessment consortia merge into three groups.

April 05, 2010

More Feedback on Common Standards Math Section

The public-comment period for the proposed common standards has closed. At some point soon, we will get a summary of the 5,000-plus comments the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association received on the K-12 standards. In the meantime, as a continuation of my blo...

April 01, 2010

Feedback on Common Core English/Language Arts Standards

In the same spirit as my post yesterday, which offers up at least a teensy slice of the feedback on the math portion of the common standards, here are some responses to the English/language arts section. Some of these have been formally submitted on the initiative's website as feedback during the ...

March 31, 2010

Common Standards: A Group of Mathematicians Responds

A group of mathematicians has come out with a critique of the proposed common standards, which are undergoing their final few days of public comment this week. (Friday is the last day of the public-comment period. You can post your feedback on their website by clicking the little yellow bar in the l...

March 30, 2010

Alaska Considers Common Standards

We've been writing it over and over: Forty-eight states have agreed to support the common-standards push. The two exceptions are Texas and Alaska. Is that about to change? It seems that educators in Alaska are discussing whether to adopt the standards.

March 29, 2010

Anticipating Profits From Common Standards

As you know, the common standards are up for public comment through the end of this week (more than 5,000 comments so far, sources tell me). While lots of debate has focused on whether the standards cover the right stuff, whether their level of rigor is appropriate, and whether they were developed i...

March 23, 2010

Fordham Report Gives Common Standards Good Grades

As comments pour in on the common standards, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute here in Washington is weighing in with an analysis of the draft. Its report, issued today, gives the math standards an A-minus and the English/language arts a B. That's an improvement over the last time the organization ch...

March 22, 2010

Comments Pouring in on Common Standards, But You Won't See Them

Comments are flooding in on the common standards, but the public probably won't get to see them.

March 18, 2010

Ed Dept to States: In Race to Top, Only Common Core Will Do

I'm sure you remember, because it set a lot of people's neck hairs on end, that President Obama recently proposed that Title I funding for disadvantaged students be tied to whether states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. And I am also sure you know that in order to get the most bang f...

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