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May 22, 2012

Anti-Common-Core Rumblings in Alabama

The Alabama state senate has approved a resolution encouraging the state board of education to undo its adoption of the common standards.

May 22, 2012

Testing Consortium Names Math Director

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium has just named directors for mathematics and for the support of 'under-represented' students.

May 17, 2012

Where Will David Coleman Lead the College Board?

David Coleman, a chief architect of the common standards, is named president of the College Board.

May 14, 2012

Who Is Writing the 'Next Generation' Science Standards?

The set of 'next generation' science standards being developed have a lot of fingerprints, from state officials to local educators and prominent science experts.

May 11, 2012

With Draft of Science Standards Issued, Public Debate to Begin

Science education is likely to be the topic of plenty of discussion— and probably some heated rhetoric—in coming days, as the first public draft of a set of "next generation" science standards was released today. The ambitious effort—involving 26 states, plus a variety of educators a...

May 11, 2012

Former NEA Analyst Joins Test Consortium

One of the influential voices in shaping the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts was Barbara Kapinus, a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association. She retired from that post early last month. But now she's taking a lead role in guiding the creation of the tests bei...

May 09, 2012

Project Aims to Revamp Teacher Prep in Line With Common Core

A group of universities, community colleges, and school districts have just announced plans to work together to revamp secondary math teacher preparation to better align with the common standards.

May 07, 2012

Draft of Common Science Standards Coming This Week

The first draft of a set of 'next generation' science standards will be released for public comment this week.

May 04, 2012

Utah To Downgrade Its Commitment to Use Common Tests

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its members...

May 03, 2012

Researchers See Potential for Common Core to Boost Learning

A new research paper offers a defense of the Common Core State Standards, suggesting that they are world class and hold considerable promise to help improve student achievement.

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