The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium delays the release of its math content specifications.

The authors envision a curriculum in which algebra, geometry, and calculus would be replaced with the study of finance, data, and basic engineering.

An organization of urban school districts gets philanthropic support to help eight large districts put the common standards into practice.

The study finds that students from the 2011 graduating class lagged their peers in many other nations.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan clarifies that states do not have to adopt the Common Core State Standards in order to qualify for No Child Left Behind waivers.

One of the two state assessment consortia extends its public comment period for draft content frameworks.

ACT's annual score report attempts to link scores on the college-entrance exam to career readiness.

Indications are mounting that states seeking a waiver from NCLB requirements will not have to adopt the common standards that were spearheaded by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.

The Texas Instruments Foundation is providing a grant of $413,000 to expand the High-Tech High Heels program for educating girls in the STEM fields.

Experts caution the assessment consortia about making tests accessible to special-needs students, and designing a successful system that has multiple, varying goals.


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