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September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: National Standards

Advice from 1990 offers guidance about how local school districts can lead the implementation of the Common Core with the welfare of the students held as the beacon for the change.

September 27, 2011

Study: Suburban Districts Falter in Global Competitiveness

A new report from the George W. Bush Institute finds suburban school districts are "mediocre" in comparison to international peers.

January 03, 2011

Will National Standards Become the Operating System for our Schools?

Our students will do far better if we ask them to do more thinking rather than less, even if they turn out to be a bit less uniform at the end.

September 15, 2010

Common Data Standards Released

The Common Data Standards Initiative's Technical Working Group has released its first version of voluntary common data standards, intended to make it easier to compare and exchange information across districts and states.

January 07, 2010

What do We Want Instead? (Part 2)

Connecting teacher effectiveness to student test scores -- Good idea? And how about National Standards?

December 12, 2009

Where do Teachers Stand on Standards?

While most teachers appreciate standards, the over-emphasis on standardized tests has some of us wondering if national standards may just be too much of a good thing!

September 19, 2009

Book Review: Yong Zhao -- Don't Stifle Innovation!

Zhao helps us understand why the US, in spite of the frequent sloppy indictments of our schools, remains a world leader in scientific and creative innovation.

May 05, 2009

Bill Schmidt's 'Tale of Two Countries'

Students in both Germany and the U.S. were turning in unimpressive performances on international mathematics tests in 1996, but only Germany saw the bad news as a call for national standards, a Michigan State University researcher says.

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