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December 03, 2010

After Backlash, N.C. Expands High School U.S. History Requirements

In face of earlier criticism, the final social studies standards require students to take two U.S. history courses covering all major periods.

November 29, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: South Dakota Makes 44

South Dakota becomes the 44th state to adopt the common standards.

November 22, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Idaho Makes 43

Idaho provisionally adopts the common standards.

November 18, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Alabama Makes 42

Alabama becomes the 42nd state to adopt the common standards.

November 16, 2010

Spotlight on Common Standards

Those of you who have been following our coverage of the common standards—and those of you who feel you've missed things and want to catch up—might be interested to know that key stories and commentary on that subject have been pulled together in one place. It's our "Spotlight on Common ...

November 11, 2010

Formative Assessment or 'Formative Instruction'?

Formative assessment is squishy. And squishy things don't easily yield to standardized measurement. And that creates an awkward situation in an era of numbers-driven accountability. That squishiness was on display yesterday during a panel discussion about formative assessment. (See my story for hig...

November 03, 2010

Election Results Raise Questions for Common Standards

Yesterday's elections shifted the political landscape to the right, and that could bring about some key education policy changes nationally and in states about academic standards and assessments.

November 01, 2010

Will Elections Shift the Winds for Common Standards?

If you have been following the wave of adoptions of the common standards, you might well wonder what the elections this week will hold for their future. As my colleague Erik noted below, this election is really worth watching for its potential impact on education. Even though 41 states have adopt...

October 28, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Oregon's Adoption Makes 41

Yes, common-standards watchers, we have a new map for you. The Oregon board of education voted today to approve the common standards, making it the 41st state (including the District of Columbia) to do so. So this is what your Common-Standards Nation looks like now:

October 26, 2010

Study Finds Wide Variations in Test Cutoffs for 'Proficient'

A new study documents substantial gaps among states in what they expect students to master.

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