Common Standards

The latest news about the Common Core State Standards, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Spotlight on Literacy Instruction

From improving grammar and writing competencies to measuring online reading abilities, literacy skills are critical to educational development. This Spotlight explores the effects of the Common Core on reading and writing instruction, the impact of rising automation on literacy skills, and how to empower students to love writing.

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Common-Core Commentaries
Thought leaders, policymakers and educators offer their opinions and ideas on the common-core standards.

Teacher PD in the Common-Core Era
This special report explores that intersection, providing profiles of new ideas and challenges in teacher professional development.

Navigating New Curriculum Choices
From open educational resources to common-core standards, this special report guides educators through the bewildering array of K-12 curricular options available to classrooms today.

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The largest of the common-core adoption states is poised to approve 25 of the 29 materials submitted by publishers.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
A number of new PD initiatives aim to help teachers elicit more complex responses and interpretations from students.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Key sources of common-core related PD, online lesson sites for teachers come with fine-print complexities.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Amid some growing pains for its new full-day prekindergarten program, the city has ramped up outreach efforts and more than tripled the number of seats from two years ago.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
New data from the RAND Corp. tracks teachers' PD needs, with a focus on topics connected to the common core.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Most states will shift to new, computer-based assessments to measure their ELLs' English-language proficiency this school year.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
It can be tough to draw a clear line between the K-12 policies a governor pushed while in office and improvements in student achievement, researchers say.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
Amplify, the education division of Rupert Murdoch's company, is deeply in the red and on the auction block after its ambitious vision failed to materialize.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week
The latest opinions polls from PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge public sentiment on a range of heated education issues, including common-core standards, standardized testing, and school choice.
August 26, 2015 – Education Week

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