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June 14, 2012

Leader of Common Core Initiative Steps Down

The leader of one of the groups that drove the common-standards initiative steps down.

June 11, 2012

What Lies Ahead for NGA and the Common Standards?

The new education leader of the National Governors Association sees the organization's role as helping governors build the support they need to implement the changes necessary on many fronts to make the common core a success.

June 07, 2012

Common Standards Driving Assessment Questions

Three years before the common assessments are fully operational and rolled out, we see ripples from the common standards affecting assessment. Take as one example the many questions hovering about students with disabilities. As my colleague Nirvi Shah reports, the path to assessing such students is...

May 30, 2012

NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests!

States' winning applications for waivers from No Child Left Behind shift the goals and timelines of tests.

May 25, 2012

Mass. Mulls, Maryland Moves On Social Studies Graduation Requirement

Massachusetts plans to require high school seniors to pass a test in U.S. history to graduate, and Maryland approves a law to reinstate passage of a test in U.S. government.

May 22, 2012

Anti-Common-Core Rumblings in Alabama

The Alabama state senate has approved a resolution encouraging the state board of education to undo its adoption of the common standards.

May 17, 2012

Where Will David Coleman Lead the College Board?

David Coleman, a chief architect of the common standards, is named president of the College Board.

May 04, 2012

Utah To Downgrade Its Commitment to Use Common Tests

You might have heard that Utah has been surfing the waves of common-standards controversy lately. Now it appears that the standards aren't the only thing the state is uneasy about. It's also uneasy about the tests being designed for them. We are getting word that Utah plans to downgrade its members...

May 03, 2012

Minnesota Lawmakers Vote to Play Role in Approving Standards

Minnesota lawmakers have passed a measure that would require a legislative nod before the commissioner of education approves academic standards.

May 01, 2012

Common Standards Publishers' Criteria Are Revised

The publishers' criteria in English/language arts, potentially powerful influences on how curriculum and instruction take shape for the new common standards, have been revised to address criticism and questions.

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