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March 29, 2010

Anticipating Profits From Common Standards

As you know, the common standards are up for public comment through the end of this week (more than 5,000 comments so far, sources tell me). While lots of debate has focused on whether the standards cover the right stuff, whether their level of rigor is appropriate, and whether they were developed i...

March 23, 2010

Fordham Report Gives Common Standards Good Grades

As comments pour in on the common standards, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute here in Washington is weighing in with an analysis of the draft. Its report, issued today, gives the math standards an A-minus and the English/language arts a B. That's an improvement over the last time the organization ch...

March 22, 2010

Comments Pouring in on Common Standards, But You Won't See Them

Comments are flooding in on the common standards, but the public probably won't get to see them.

March 19, 2010

A New Vision of Career Technical Education

The sharpened national focus on career and college readiness has prompted many questions about what both of those terms mean. Despite some protestations to the contrary, there is still something less than, ahem, total agreement on what constitutes sound preparation for college or for good jobs (ther...

March 18, 2010

Ed Dept to States: In Race to Top, Only Common Core Will Do

I'm sure you remember, because it set a lot of people's neck hairs on end, that President Obama recently proposed that Title I funding for disadvantaged students be tied to whether states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. And I am also sure you know that in order to get the most bang f...

March 18, 2010

Is 'Career Ready' Getting the Short End of the Stick?

"All students college and career ready" is getting to be a veritable mantra among educrats, with "all students proficient" joining cassette tapes as quaintly outdated. If you've somehow napped through the steady flow of rhetoric coming out of the Obama administration in the last year and you want pr...

March 16, 2010

How Many States Will Adopt Common Standards?

The first public draft of the common standards is out, as you know from reading edweek.org and this blog. But states don't have to put their feet to the fire on this thing yet, since it isn't the final version. (That won't happen until after the public- comment period closes on April 2 and revisions...

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...

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