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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...

February 08, 2010

Is Race to Top Fueling Skepticism of Common Standards?

I'm not telling you anything new when I mention that many people are less than thrilled when federal officials start exerting a broader influence on local schools. This skepticism has long roots, and has cropped up time and time again in education debates. As I track the development of the common-s...

February 04, 2010

Safe-Schools Official Favors School-Climate Standards

The Education Department's top school safety official advocates standards for school climate.

February 03, 2010

State Boards Lack Information on Common-Core Standards

State boards of education seem to be lacking a good deal of information about the proposed common-core standards. And in most states, these panelists will be the folks who will have to decide whether to adopt them. That message emerged clearly from Day 2 of a meeting of Western board members I att...

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