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March 09, 2010

Calling All Teachers: Input Needed on Common Standards

The public-comment period on the grade-by-grade common standards opens tomorrow, and the drafters are very interested in what teachers will have to say about them. Some teachers have been involved in creating the standards, but the folks at the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National...

March 09, 2010

Texas Board Ready for Next Round in Social Studies Debate

The Texas state board of education is gearing up to resume debate over revisions to the state's social studies standards.

March 09, 2010

K-12 Common Standards Scheduled for Release Tomorrow

Since you pay such rapt attention to this blog, you already know that the first public draft of the grade-by-grade common standards is supposed to come out this week. And tomorrow's the scheduled release day. We will have a story on www.edweek.org, and we'll blog about it in this space, too. But sta...

March 03, 2010

Reading Roundup: Senior Year, Title I, Common Standards

Time to play catch-up after having been gone from the newsroom for a week. There are a number of good reads I want you to know about. Check out this story from USA Today about how teenagers are changing their senior year of high school. This is something that interests me, and I hope it interests ...

March 02, 2010

Draft Standards for K-12 Coming Out Next Week, Official Says

The long-awaited, much-anticipated draft of grade-by-grade common standards for K-12 education will be coming out for public comment next week, an education official at the National Governors Association said yesterday. The word came during a panel discussion hosted by the nonprofit group Achieve pe...

March 01, 2010

New Report Sees State Progress on College-Career Standards

A new report looks at how states are doing in implementing the so-called "college- and career-readiness agenda."

February 23, 2010

New Analyses Find Common Standards Lacking

President Obama wants to tie Title I aid to states' adoption of the common standards, as you already know from reading our story. But a couple of new reports are out today claiming that several states would have more to lose than to gain by adopting them. One study comes from the Pioneer Institute ...

February 23, 2010

What Lies Ahead for Assessment?

Those of you who consider yourselves assessment freaks (I say that affectionately) might be interested in a couple of tidbits today: the vision of next-generation assessment laid out at a forum I attended yesterday, and a report and webinar this week on the topic. The experts at yesterday's panel a...

February 23, 2010

The Ties That Bind Common Standards to Title I Aid

You've read before in this blog that the role the federal government is taking—or ought to take—in the development of common standards is a touchy subject. Fresh rounds of evidence popped up yesterday, with the news that President Obama proposes tying Title I money to the adoption of col...

February 22, 2010

Obama Wants to Link Title I Aid to College-Career Standards

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan apparently told governors at a meeting yesterday that the Obama administration wants to tie billions of dollars in annual Title I aid for low-income students to whether states adopt standards judged to be "college- and career-ready," my colleague Lesli Maxwell...

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