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February 11, 2010

Ohio Effort to Revise Social Studies Standards Sparks Debate

Add Ohio to the list of states currently working to revamp Social Studies standards.

February 10, 2010

Kentucky Becomes the First State to Adopt Common Standards

The Kentucky board of education voted unanimously this morning to adopt the common standards. It's the first state to do so. And it did so even before the first public draft of the K-12 standards has been issued. (Nonpublic drafts have been circulating among state officials for review.) The origin...

February 08, 2010

Is Race to Top Fueling Skepticism of Common Standards?

I'm not telling you anything new when I mention that many people are less than thrilled when federal officials start exerting a broader influence on local schools. This skepticism has long roots, and has cropped up time and time again in education debates. As I track the development of the common-s...

February 03, 2010

State Boards Lack Information on Common-Core Standards

State boards of education seem to be lacking a good deal of information about the proposed common-core standards. And in most states, these panelists will be the folks who will have to decide whether to adopt them. That message emerged clearly from Day 2 of a meeting of Western board members I att...

February 02, 2010

States Can't Pick and Choose Among Common Standards

States that adopt the common standards must adopt 100 percent of the document, according to two officials working on the initiative. This clarification emerged yesterday from a meeting in Las Vegas organized by the National Association of State Boards of Education. NASBE is holding a series of thes...

January 29, 2010

Alaska Scholarship Proposal Pushes 'Rigorous Curriculum'

Alaska's governor is looking to use a new college scholarship program as a lure for students to complete what he calls "a more rigorous" high school curriculum.

January 28, 2010

The Draft K-12 Common Standards: A Work in Progress

The revision process for the draft K-12 common standards offers a glimpse into the difficulty of crafting skills-and-knowledge sets to everyone's satisfaction.

January 27, 2010

Utah Governor Promotes 'STEM' Education in Address

Utah's governor calls for sustained emphasis on STEM education.

January 26, 2010

Join Today's Online Chat About Common Standards

The chat is a great way to get up to speed on the initiative.

January 25, 2010

Texas' Book-Banning Boo-Boo

Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)

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