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August 25, 2010

Race to Top Winners: Implications for Assessment Contest

In all the analysis of yesterday's Race to the Top winners, not much has been said about what the results might mean for The Other Race to the Top competition. (Remember that $350 million hanging out there for new assessment systems?) Just as I was thinking that I was the only one odd enough to not...

August 24, 2010

Federal-Intrusion Talk on Common Standards: A Win-Win?

If you've been following the common-standards initiative, you know that the "don't tread on me" spirit has proved to be one of the flashpoints in that work. And even now, with three-quarters of the states having already adopted the standards, we're still hearing states rattle their sabers at the fed...

August 20, 2010

Will the Common Standards Change Curriculum?

A wave of curricular responses to the common standards is building.

August 19, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Delaware Pushes Total to 37

Delaware becomes the 37th state to adopt the common standards.

August 17, 2010

Common-Standards Watch: Vermont Makes 36

Vermont becomes the 36th state to adopt the common standards.

August 12, 2010

Common Standards, Accountability, the Feds, and Texas

The common-standards initiative is in transition. For a while, it was all about development. The next wave was about state adoptions. Now states and districts are trying to figure out how to turn the standards into teachable stuff for kids. In that spirit, Kathleen Porter-Magee, over at the Fordha...

August 10, 2010

Deadlines, Delaware, and the Common Standards

If you've been following the common-standards coverage in this blog, you know that Aug. 2 was a big-deal day, because states vying for Race to the Top money got maximum points if they had adopted the standards by then. When the RTT Round 2 finalists were announced, we noted that nearly all states th...

August 09, 2010

NAGB: Wrestling With Common Standards, Testing Exclusions

Roberto J. Rodriguez, a key education adviser in the White House, told the National Assessment Governing Board that the administration is "thrilled" with states' progress in adopting the common standards. He appeared at NAGB's quarterly meeting here in Washington last Friday to reflect on the presid...

August 06, 2010

Common Assessments in High School: A Graphic Version

Not long ago, we told you that the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management had created graphic depictions of the proposals submitted to the federal Ed Department under its Race to the Top program to create comprehensive assessment systems. We mentioned that the group was working on a s...

August 05, 2010

Common Standards: Moving From Adoption to Implementation

We've been keeping you informed as states adopt the common standards. But even as that happens, a lot of discussion is swirling about how to put them into practice. It's been uttered so often that it's pretty much a new mantra: Standards alone won't make a difference. You also need good curriculum, ...

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