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Common-Standards Writers Speak: Chapter 2

By Catherine Gewertz — May 04, 2010 1 min read

We don’t get a chance very often to hear from the folks who are leading the writing of the common-core standards. Just a couple weeks ago, David Coleman (English/language arts) and Jason Zimba (math) discussed the project at length at a forum here in Washington. Now, excerpts from video interviews with two of the other lead writers, Sally Hampton (ELA) and Phil Daro (math), are being posted on the website of America’s Choice, where both are senior fellows.

The interview clips, posted on the organization’s “common-core-standards resources” page, are brief but interesting. (Hampton’s are up now; Daro’s are forthcoming.)

You might remember that America’s Choice does school design work, as well as offers interventions in both literacy and math. It’s a for-profit subsidiary of the National Center on Education and the Economy, whose CEO, Marc Tucker, serves on the ELA feedback group for the common standards, and which led work on the New Standards Project in the early 1990s. (See a history timeline by America’s Choice.)

America’s Choice recently held a forum in Salt Lake City about the common standards, where Hampton and Daro made presentations.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.