An interview with Phil Daro and Jason Zimba, leaders in developing the Common Core mathematics standards, on implementation progress, the testing consortia, accountability systems and instructional materials.


Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith on how Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core, implementation progress so far and their advice for other states and the federal government.


An interview with Michael Kirst, president of California's State Board of Education, on the challenges in implementing the Common Core.


The Common Core is much more likely to be declared a failure because of poor implementation than because of political attacks from either side of the spectrum.


In a response to Diane Ravitch and Yong Zhao, Marc Tucker argues that instead of abandoning standardized tests, the United States needs much better standardized tests, administered at fewer grade levels.


Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."


Dylan Wiliam on creating a school environment in which teachers are both motivated to continuously improve their practice and supported as they do so.


The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.


An argument for training U.S. teachers to be skilled researchers in the classrooms.


A new report from NCEE calls for replacing the current system of test-based accountability with a system much more likely to result in improvements in student performance.


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