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May 05, 2010

The Role of Common Standards in the New ESEA

A Senate hearing the other day was something of a lovefest for the common-core standards.

May 04, 2010

Race to Top Test Competition: Who's in the Game?

Remember that other Race to the Top competition? The one that will dole out $350 million for development and implementation of assessments aligned to common standards? Well, we have our first official indication of who's going to apply for that money. Those of you wonky enough to have followed ever...

May 04, 2010

Common-Standards Writers Speak: Chapter 2

We don't get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews w...

April 29, 2010

State-by-State Flashcards on the Common Standards

I don't know about you, but I've still got a student living under my roof, so I see flashcards in use from time to time at my kitchen table. (Yes, even in this tech-heavy age, even at the high school level, some of her teachers suggest that students memorize certain things by making flashcards.) Th...

April 28, 2010

The Financial Ripple Effect of Common Standards

We've talked before about the effect that common standards and assessments could have on the publishing industry (see a blog post here and a story here). Today we have one more peek into those possibilities. In a conference call yesterday to discuss first-quarter earnings for this year, McGraw-Hill...

April 26, 2010

Should All Students Take Algebra 2? Who Should Decide?

If all students shouldn't be required to take Algebra 2, who will decide for them, and what will those implications be?

April 23, 2010

Common Standards: The Writers Speak

The lead writers of the common core standards take the microphone at a public forum to discuss the key ideas that inform those documents.

April 21, 2010

Common Standards: Moving Toward a Final Version

The final version of the common standards is expected in late spring. Standards-watchers can see two of the lead writers discuss the process online on April 22.

April 19, 2010

Historians Criticize Draft Texas Standards, Seek Delay in Vote

Hundreds of historians are criticizing the latest draft of social studies standards in Texas, and urging the board to delay a final vote on the package.

April 19, 2010

Diverging Views on Common Standards

A sample of the divergent views on common standards for you this morning. Ed Miller of the Alliance for Childhood notes the split in two pieces that ran recently in The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. In the Globe op-ed, Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin argue that the standards won't clos...

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