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January 20, 2010

A Peek at Plans for Common Tests in Race to Top Applications

The Race to the Top applications turned in yesterday offer an interesting preview of what might be in store as states move toward adopting common standards and common assessments aligned to those standards. (You might remember that they have a better shot at getting RTT money if they promise to do t...

January 19, 2010

Chatting About the Draft Common Standards in Math

The common academic standards in math are still in the nonpublic draft stage, but that doesn't stop people from talking about them. They were the featured topic of a panel discussion at the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San ...

January 14, 2010

How Much Is 'STEM' Education Worth to Obama?

President Obama has repeatedly sought to highlight his support for improving "STEM" education, including at an event last week. But a look at one particular measure—the value it's assigned in the federal Race to the Top competition—raises questions about how high a priority the issue is fo...

January 14, 2010

More Guideposts for 'Race to the Top' Assessment Contest

Another input hearing on the Education Department's Race to the Top Assessment competition explores intriguing questions of how to manage the tangle of state procurement rules to produce a collaborative and innovative testing system.

January 13, 2010

Guideposts for 'Race to the Top' Assessment Competition

Experts advise leaders from the U.S. Department of Education on how to shape the $350 million Race to the Top assessment competition.

January 08, 2010

Common Standards: Ready for Approval in Kentucky?

Kentucky could be the first state to approve the common standards.

January 08, 2010

Kentucky Advances New High School Improvement Tactic

Kentucky advances a bill to let districts use outside entities in turning around low-performing middle and high schools.

December 29, 2009

Ed Department Seeks More Public Input on Assessments

The Education Department schedules a second round of public meetings to help shape its $350 million competition to design common assessments.

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