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January 07, 2013

New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued

The public is getting one more chance to weigh in on a set of common science standards.

December 28, 2012

Literature and Nonfiction: Common-Core Advocates Strike Back

Standards advocates step up to counter weeks of accusations that the common core will weaken the role of literature in the classroom.

December 27, 2012

Top Curriculum Matters Posts of 2012

The common standards and assessments, along with a keen interest in math, drove lots of interest in blog posts on Curriculum Matters this year.

December 21, 2012

Draft Accommodations for Common-Core Tests Could Narrow Eligibility

Proposed accommodations could make fewer students eligible in some states, and more in others.

December 17, 2012

NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools

With $11 million from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the two national teachers' unions will call on educators to help build a library of instructional tools.

December 13, 2012

Assessment Group Chooses Tests for College Readiness in Math

PARCC decides to base its "college readiness" determination in math only on the exams students take at the end of each math sequence.

December 12, 2012

Common-Core Authors Say 'Literature Is Not Being Left By the Wayside'

The standards' authors respond to criticism that the new emphasis on nonfiction will crowd out great works of fiction.

December 06, 2012

Will the Common Standards Downsize Literature?

New expectations of a heavier focus on "informational text" have catapulted the standards into the public eye like never before. Common-core authors say the anxiety about a cutback of literature are unfounded.

November 29, 2012

Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today. Tho...

November 20, 2012

Legislative Advocacy Group Rejects Anti-Common-Core Measure

ALEC,an influential advocacy group with a conservative bent, has decided to remain neutral on the common core.

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