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June 01, 2010

Massachusetts Applies for Race to Top Round 2

Massachusetts decided to apply for Race to the Top funding in Round 2 after all. So that means it has to adopt the common standards by Aug. 2, or lose points—as it did in Round 1—in the competition. A couple weeks ago, Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester said that officials there...

May 28, 2010

Common Standards: Sing It, Aretha!

As we move into what I've come to think of as adoption season for the common standards, states have much to think about. But the Race to the Top competition doesn't give states much time to think things over. (To maximize their points in that competition, they have to promise to adopt common standar...

May 27, 2010

West Virginia Approves Common Standards

West Virginia gives conditional approval to the common standards.

May 27, 2010

Common Standards Create Race to Top Snags in Two States

Common standards factor into Virginia's decision to pull out of Race to the Top and prove a stumbling point in Oklahoma legislation designed to enhance its position for the federal contest.

May 26, 2010

Hawaii, Maryland Tentatively OK Common Standards

Hawaii and Maryland become the second and third states to adopt the common standards even before they are out in final form.

May 25, 2010

Texans Must Study 'Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits'

Texas's standards require students to study the "free enterprise system and its benefits."

May 25, 2010

Seeking an End to the 'Massachusetts Madness'

You've been reading here about Massachusetts' tightrope walk on Race to the Top and the common standards. You remember: the state, much revered for its high academic standards, says it will not adopt the common standards if they are less rigorous than its own. But to be best positioned to win a chun...

May 24, 2010

The Texas Social Studies Debate Is Over, or Is It?

The Texas state board of education has completed work on controversial new standards for social studies, but critics suggest this isn't the final word on the matter.

May 24, 2010

Common Standards: Focus Soon Shifts to State Adoption

Colorado, like other states, is hashing out how to mesh adoption of common standards with its own newly revised standards.

May 19, 2010

Texas Board Back for Last Round in Social Studies Debate

The Texas state board of education is expected to wrap up work on controversial new social studies standards this week.

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