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December 11, 2013

ACT Hires Former High-Profile Schools Chief to Consult on New Test

Tony Bennett has been hired to help ACT Inc., on Aspire, its new suite of common-core assessments.

January 30, 2013

Teachers Mine 'Text Dependent' Questions For Basal Readers

A free online bank of rewritten questions and tasks for popular basal readers is getting some attention from teachers.

December 27, 2012

Top Curriculum Matters Posts of 2012

The common standards and assessments, along with a keen interest in math, drove lots of interest in blog posts on Curriculum Matters this year.

November 29, 2012

Citing Lack of Common-Core Alignment, Louisiana Poised to Delay Textbook Adoption

By guest blogger Stephen Sawchuk Louisiana is poised to reject every math and reading textbook submitted by publishers in its most recent adoption cycle, citing concerns that the materials are not fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards' expectations, state officials announced today. Tho...

November 14, 2012

Education Week Special Report Examines Common-Core Literacy

The Education Week staff offers a package of stories that examine the changing literacy landscape.

September 28, 2012

Should the Common Standards 'Change Everything'?

A common-standards advocate argues that many aspects of American education will have to change if schooling is to fully reflect the new expectations.

August 17, 2012

NSF Promotes Climate-Change Education With New Grants

Climate-change education in schools and communities is getting a boost from a new set of grants from the National Science Foundation.

August 16, 2012

Basal-Reader Project Goes Online

A project to design common-core-aligned questions for the nation's most popular basal readers makes all of its resources available for free online.

July 23, 2012

Math Guidance for Publishers and Curriculum Developers

In case you missed it, the lead authors of the Common Core State Standards have issued publishers' criteria in math. The criteria outline, in essence, what good curricular materials look like if they fully reflect the standards. My colleague Erik Robelen blogged about the criteria last week when th...

June 22, 2012

Big Districts Unite to Press Publishers on Common-Core Materials

School districts with a combined annual purchasing power of $2 billion band together to demand instructional materials from publishers that reflect the common standards.

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