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March 15, 2010

Obama Aims to 'Renovate a Flawed Law'

President Obama's plan to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could have some potentially significant implications for curriculum matters across the country.

March 11, 2010

Interesting Reactions to Common-Core Standards

If you don't live or work here in Washington, it could be hard to wrap your head around the intense inside-the-Beltway mentality that shapes dialogue around here. But since our office is inside that Beltway, for better or worse, it came as no surprise that I was inundated with official statements ye...

March 10, 2010

Praise and Criticism for Grade-by-Grade Common Standards

There is an interesting mix of reactions taking shape to the first public draft of the K-12 common standards. (Yes, these folks viewed advance, embargoed copies, or already had the draft because it's been circulated among state leaders.) Check out our story on www.edweek.org, and check back again a...

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...

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 18, 2010

Group Proposes New Approach to High School Mastery

Time for a bracing change of pace for those of you interested in high school issues. The National Center on Education and the Economy is proposing a very different way of doing high school curriculum and assessment, and it's outlined in The New York Times. The folks at NCEE have the idea that if s...

February 09, 2010

How Much Should Interim Assessments Guide Instruction?

A new study takes a look at the role interim assessments can play in improving student achievement. And it offers an interesting conclusion. I'll let the co-authors speak for themselves: "We conclude that interim assessments that are designed for instructional purposes are helpful but not sufficien...

February 04, 2010

USA Today: More Students Taking, Failing, AP Tests

A newspaper examines AP test data and finds that more students are taking the exams but more are also failing them.

January 26, 2010

OECD to Compare Higher Ed Quality Across Nations

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in the early stages of developing a new initiative to compare and assess higher education quality across institutions globally. Richard Yelland, who is spearheading the effort for the Paris-based OECD, tomorrow will announce and detail th...

January 21, 2010

Indiana Governor Calls for Ending 'Social Promotion'

Indiana's governor is backing legislation to end "social promotion," but it appears likely to face some serious obstacles.

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