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April 23, 2010

Common Standards: The Writers Speak

The lead writers of the common core standards take the microphone at a public forum to discuss the key ideas that inform those documents.

April 21, 2010

Common Standards: Moving Toward a Final Version

The final version of the common standards is expected in late spring. Standards-watchers can see two of the lead writers discuss the process online on April 22.

April 19, 2010

Diverging Views on Common Standards

A sample of the divergent views on common standards for you this morning. Ed Miller of the Alliance for Childhood notes the split in two pieces that ran recently in The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. In the Globe op-ed, Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane Levin argue that the standards won't clos...

April 16, 2010

Union Details Teacher Influence on Common Standards

When the common standards initiative first got off the ground, one of the things that created tumult in some quarters was the relative absence of teachers on the panels created to write and review the documents. One of the results of the too-few-teachers complaint was that the National Governors A...

April 15, 2010

Maine's Schools Chief Steps Down to Lead Test Consortium

Just minutes ago, we were telling you about how those assessment consortia are evolving in their bids for Race to the Top money. Now comes the news that Susan Gendron, Maine's commissioner of education, is leaving her job to help lead one of those consortia. The news left one state lawmaker lamenti...

April 15, 2010

Race to Top Assessment Consortia: Comparability Is Key

The leaders of the common standards initiative are pushing to make different common assessments comparable across states.

April 14, 2010

Bucketloads of Comments on the Common Standards

A quickie for you: the public comment period on the draft common standards drew more than 10,000 comments. Organizers of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are working on summarizing the comments (my sympathies to the pour soul who has to summarize those babies.). No word yet on when they w...

April 14, 2010

Thousands of Mass. Seniors Have Yet to Pass Science Exam

About six percent of high school seniors in Massachusetts have yet to pass a science exam required to earn a diploma.

April 12, 2010

Conn. Lawmakers Debate Allowing Alternatives to Dissections

Debate is heating up in Connecticut over legislation that would require public schools to allow students to opt out of dissecting animals.

April 08, 2010

One Math Professor's Take on the Common Standards

To carry on in the spirit of a couple recent blog posts (here and here), where I've linked to reactions from a variety of folks to the common standards, here are some thoughts from Bert Fristedt, a math professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and former member of the National Mathematic...

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