Spotlight on Common Standards

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The Education Week Spotlight on Common Standards brings together a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors including insights on:

  • The Common Core effort to establish uniform expectations for the nation's students
  • The development process of crafting draft standards
  • Who is involved in deciding what math and language arts skills students will need to know
  • The commonality of standards across states
  • Expert commentary on how national content standards compare to the standards currently in use and related assessment and curriculum issues
  • Web resources on common academic standards

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Language arts has been beefed up in the latest version of the document, and another standard, "mathematical practice," has been added.
September 21, 2009 – Education Week

Some observers are arguing for more input, but the groups guiding the effort say there will be plenty of opportunities down the road.
July 30, 2009 | Updated: May 5, 2016 – Education Week

One group will draft standards for the initiative being led by governors and state schools chiefs, and the other will critique their work.
July 1, 2009 – Education Week

July 1, 2009 – Education Week

An aggressive timetable calls for college- and career-readiness standards to be ready by July, and grade-by-grade standards by year’s end.
June 10, 2009 | Updated: May 4, 2016 – Education Week

Some in Congress voice support for a state-driven initiative, while remaining wary of an explicit federal role.
May 13, 2009 – Education Week

An analysis found that 12 states have similar standards in English/language arts, and 16 do in math, and most of them incorporate the broad range of high-level college-readiness skills identified by Achieve.
August 13, 2008 | Updated: May 4, 2016 – Education Week

“There is no guarantee that voluntary national content standards would be better than the standards currently in use by states, but there are at least five good reasons to think that they would be,” write Andrew C. Porter and Morgan S. Polikoff.
June 11, 2009 – Education Week

Susan Fuhrman, Lauren Resnick, and Lorrie Shepard tell what else will be needed to make the proposed common standards work.
October 14, 2009 | Updated: May 6, 2016 – Education Week

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