Even though Alaska never adopted the common standards, it has joined a consortium working to design tests for those standards.
The influential newspaper says the Common Core State Standards initiative is "clearly the most important education reform in the country's history."
PARCC seeks public comment on its proposed policies governing the common assessments that students are scheduled to take in 2015.
More than 7,500 math educators are gathered in Denver this week for the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
As the longtime high school equivalency test undergoes a major redesign, many states are concerned about its rising cost.
The move holds symbolic importance for the two federally funded assessment consortia, which are mindful of maintaining membership in order to stay viable.
President Obama's new budget request calls for creating new STEM education programs, as well as a High School Redesign initiative.
Nearly $2 million in grants to Arizona schools and districts seek to develop models for STEM education that can be more broadly used around the state.
Maine and Kentucky may prove to be two of the states that act most quickly in adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.
With the Next Generation Science Standards now finalized, two big questions are what kind of reaction they will generate and how many states will ultimately adopt them.