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January 11, 2011

A Message for Common Standards in Race to Top Guidance?

New guidance from the Department of Education warns states not to wander too far from their Race to the Top plans.

January 11, 2011

Report Sees Disconnect Between NAEP, Common Standards

[Correction: This blog post should have said that the NAEP math items examined in the Brookings Institution study were, on average, two to three years below the 8th grade math recommended by the common-core standards. The algebra items were at about the 6th grade level. The items from the "numbers" ...

January 03, 2011

An Early Glimpse at Gates-Funded Instructional Tools

The Gates Foundation offers an early glimpse into the development of instructional tools it is funding for the new common standards.

December 29, 2010

Top Curriculum Themes of 2010

STEM, reading, and assessment top the list of most-read subjects on Curriculum Matters in 2010.

December 28, 2010

Common Assessments: Comparing the Proposals

Two new summaries of the Race to the Top assessment proposals offer concise, comparative looks at the design ideas for the new tests.

December 27, 2010

'Addicted to Progress' on Tests: A Turnaround Strategy

Two Boston schools use frequent testing and close monitoring of the results as keys to their turnaround strategies.

December 22, 2010

Military: One in Five High School Grads Lack Academic Skills

A new study shows that one in five recent high school graduates lack the academic skills to enlist in the military.

December 21, 2010

Study Notes Trend Toward More Testing in High School

A new report finds more states requiring some form of high school test, and its authors predict that forthcoming common assessments could fuel that trend.

December 17, 2010

New Industry Standard Promises Accessibility for Assessments

A new development in assessment has the potential to make tests more accessible to students with disabilities, and more portable.

December 16, 2010

Oregon Will Permit Use of 'Spell Check' on Writing Exams

Some state legislators are questioning the wisdom of the decision.

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