I wanted to quickly alert readers to two stories I recently wrote that may be of interest. First, a new report looks at how states are doing in implementing the so-called “college- and career-readiness agenda.” It finds that the number of states adopting standards focused on better preparing students for college and the demands of today’s employers has rapidly climbed to 31 over the past five years. Many of those states, however, still have plenty of work to do in following up with assessments, graduation requirements, and accountability systems to help make those standards matter, according to the report from Achieve, a nonprofit formed by governors and business leaders.
Second, following up on a couple of blog items I wrote, here and here, I’ve put together a closer and more detailed examination of President Obama’s plans to consolidate a variety of federal programs at the U.S. Department of Education into three “Effective Teaching and Learning” funds. Even if you don’t read the whole story, I would encourage you to also scroll down to the bottom to check out some of the plentiful feedback from readers in the comments section.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.