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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...

February 19, 2010

Senate Panel in Kentucky Backs Bible-Literacy Bill

Just as Kentucky this month became the first state to adopt common academic standards for math and English/language arts, a Senate committee in the Bluegrass State has unanimously approved a bill to establish guidelines for teaching Bible literacy in public schools. Stories from the Associated Pre...

February 19, 2010

Beware of Myths About Common Standards, Organizers Say

One of the guys leading the common-standards initiative sat down in front of a roomful of state board of education members in Philadelphia yesterday and said, "I'm not from the federal government." A wave of chuckles rippled through the room. But he was getting at something serious. The quip by Chr...

February 17, 2010

It's Back to the Drawing Board for Draft N.C. Standards

Amid strong opposition, state education officials are apparently backing off a recent proposal to rewrite social studies standards.

February 17, 2010

Cato Institute Study Finds Weak Case for Common Standards

Forty-eight states have signed on to support the development of common academic standards. But they may be supporting something that doesn't have much evidence of effectiveness in improving learning, according to a new paper from a think tank here in Washington. In a policy analysis released today,...

February 16, 2010

How Texas Rewrote Its Social Studies Standards: A Case Study

A lot of people are talking about The New York Times story on how Texas revised its social studies standards. (You might remember that process got just a tad controversial recently.) Read what Eduwonk has to say about it (the blog provides lots of good links to other commentary as well). Former Gat...

February 10, 2010

Kentucky Becomes the First State to Adopt Common Standards

The Kentucky board of education voted unanimously this morning to adopt the common standards. It's the first state to do so. And it did so even before the first public draft of the K-12 standards has been issued. (Nonpublic drafts have been circulating among state officials for review.) The origin...

February 09, 2010

Step Aside Math and English, New Science Standards to Come

If you've been reading this blog in recent months, you've heard a great deal about the effort to develop common standards in math and English/language arts, including a post just yesterday by my colleague and co-blogger, Catherine. But you might not know about a separate effort getting under way to...

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