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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.

August 17, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Vermont Makes 36

Vermont becomes the 36th state to adopt the common standards.

August 12, 2010

Common Standards, Accountability, the Feds, and Texas

The common-standards initiative is in transition. For a while, it was all about development. The next wave was about state adoptions. Now states and districts are trying to figure out how to turn the standards into teachable stuff for kids. In that spirit, Kathleen Porter-Magee, over at the Fordha...

August 10, 2010

Deadlines, Delaware, and the Common Standards

If you've been following the common-standards coverage in this blog, you know that Aug. 2 was a big-deal day, because states vying for Race to the Top money got maximum points if they had adopted the standards by then. When the RTT Round 2 finalists were announced, we noted that nearly all states th...

August 09, 2010

NAGB: Wrestling With Common Standards, Testing Exclusions

Roberto J. Rodriguez, a key education adviser in the White House, told the National Assessment Governing Board that the administration is "thrilled" with states' progress in adopting the common standards. He appeared at NAGB's quarterly meeting here in Washington last Friday to reflect on the presid...

August 09, 2010

Curriculum Really Does Matter, and Other Thoughts

A few assorted tidbits for you to get your week started: The Shanker blog reflects on the way too many people confuse standards with curriculum. (Hat tip to Joanne Jacobs.) Utah, which tentatively adopted the common standards way back in June, makes it final. The National Review revisits the test...

August 06, 2010

Common Assessments in High School: A Graphic Version

Not long ago, we told you that the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management had created graphic depictions of the proposals submitted to the federal Ed Department under its Race to the Top program to create comprehensive assessment systems. We mentioned that the group was working on a s...

August 05, 2010

Common Standards: Moving From Adoption to Implementation

We've been keeping you informed as states adopt the common standards. But even as that happens, a lot of discussion is swirling about how to put them into practice. It's been uttered so often that it's pretty much a new mantra: Standards alone won't make a difference. You also need good curriculum, ...

August 04, 2010

Acquisition News in the World of Common Standards, Tests

Some players in the common-standards-and-assessments arena—folks you've been reading about here—have announced a business deal. Pearson PLC, the London-based education company, has agreed to buy America's Choice for $80 million. The agreement was announced yesterday. It still has to cle...

August 03, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: With Indiana, It's 35

Indiana adopted the common standards today, bringing the total number of adoptions to 35. The map is getting redder:

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