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April 16, 2010

Union Details Teacher Influence on Common Standards

When the common standards initiative first got off the ground, one of the things that created tumult in some quarters was the relative absence of teachers on the panels created to write and review the documents. One of the results of the too-few-teachers complaint was that the National Governors A...

April 15, 2010

In Their Own Words: Revised Draft of Texas Standards Online

The latest draft of revised social studies standards for Texas is finally online.

April 15, 2010

Maine's Schools Chief Steps Down to Lead Test Consortium

Just minutes ago, we were telling you about how those assessment consortia are evolving in their bids for Race to the Top money. Now comes the news that Susan Gendron, Maine's commissioner of education, is leaving her job to help lead one of those consortia. The news left one state lawmaker lamenti...

April 14, 2010

Bucketloads of Comments on the Common Standards

A quickie for you: the public comment period on the draft common standards drew more than 10,000 comments. Organizers of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are working on summarizing the comments (my sympathies to the pour soul who has to summarize those babies.). No word yet on when they w...

April 08, 2010

One Math Professor's Take on the Common Standards

To carry on in the spirit of a couple recent blog posts (here and here), where I've linked to reactions from a variety of folks to the common standards, here are some thoughts from Bert Fristedt, a math professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and former member of the National Mathematic...

April 05, 2010

More Feedback on Common Standards Math Section

The public-comment period for the proposed common standards has closed. At some point soon, we will get a summary of the 5,000-plus comments the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association received on the K-12 standards. In the meantime, as a continuation of my blo...

April 01, 2010

Feedback on Common Core English/Language Arts Standards

In the same spirit as my post yesterday, which offers up at least a teensy slice of the feedback on the math portion of the common standards, here are some responses to the English/language arts section. Some of these have been formally submitted on the initiative's website as feedback during the ...

March 31, 2010

Common Standards: A Group of Mathematicians Responds

A group of mathematicians has come out with a critique of the proposed common standards, which are undergoing their final few days of public comment this week. (Friday is the last day of the public-comment period. You can post your feedback on their website by clicking the little yellow bar in the l...

March 30, 2010

Alaska Considers Common Standards

We've been writing it over and over: Forty-eight states have agreed to support the common-standards push. The two exceptions are Texas and Alaska. Is that about to change? It seems that educators in Alaska are discussing whether to adopt the standards.

March 29, 2010

Anticipating Profits From Common Standards

As you know, the common standards are up for public comment through the end of this week (more than 5,000 comments so far, sources tell me). While lots of debate has focused on whether the standards cover the right stuff, whether their level of rigor is appropriate, and whether they were developed i...

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