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September 21, 2010

Reading Roundup: First Curriculum, Then Assessment

An author of the common standards cautions against developing tests for the common standards before developing curriculum.

September 17, 2010

Criticism of Texas Social Studies Standards Overblown, Analyst Says

The new Texas social studies standards are "for the most part conventional and inclusive," despite the controversy, an analyst concludes.

September 08, 2010

Reading Roundup: An Angry Board of Ed, Gates Report

A few bits to peruse on this late summer morning: • The Maryland board of education gets on its biggest district's case for the controversial curriculum contract it signed with Pearson (more about that contract here). • Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting outfit here in Washington, takes ...

August 30, 2010

21st-Century-Skills Group to Move In With the Chiefs

What does it mean that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is moving in with the Council of Chief State School Officers? It's not entirely clear yet, but it's already sent folks in some quarters into alert mode. Let's take a second for a refresher on who's who. The partnership, known to many as...

August 25, 2010

Race to Top Winners: Implications for Assessment Contest

In all the analysis of yesterday's Race to the Top winners, not much has been said about what the results might mean for The Other Race to the Top competition. (Remember that $350 million hanging out there for new assessment systems?) Just as I was thinking that I was the only one odd enough to not...

August 24, 2010

Federal-Intrusion Talk on Common Standards: A Win-Win?

If you've been following the common-standards initiative, you know that the "don't tread on me" spirit has proved to be one of the flashpoints in that work. And even now, with three-quarters of the states having already adopted the standards, we're still hearing states rattle their sabers at the fed...

August 23, 2010

Reading Roundup: Quality Assessments and More

Some thoughts worth a look this morning: • A new report from the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University's School of Education raises flags about using the SAT and ACT to size up high school student achievement. • An EdWeek commentary takes on some of the teachi...

August 20, 2010

Will the Common Standards Change Curriculum?

A wave of curricular responses to the common standards is building.

August 19, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Delaware Pushes Total to 37

Delaware becomes the 37th state to adopt the common standards.

August 19, 2010

A New Entry in Common-Standards Curriculum Work

The liberal-arts group Common Core releases free online "curriculum maps" for the common standards.

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