The most ridiculous ed idea of the week (so far) — update

It's about the Common Core State Standards.

Read the Common Core standards for kindergarteners

This will give you an idea of what the standards are -- for better or worse -- as they are being implemented in most states.

How Common Core could affect every state — even those that reject it

Some students in every state will take high-stakes tests that are aligned to the Core.

Education Department listens to (some) reason

Education Secretary Arne Duncan gives an extra year for implementation of new teacher evaluations linked to Common Core tests.

A critique of how DCPS is implementing Common Core (update)

The problem, the author says, is not with any one standard or assessment stem—it’s with a checklist mentality.

Extreme Common Core rhetoric clouds serious debate — update

There's a lot of extreme talk about Common Core being voiced, and it's a problem because it it is clouding serious-minded criticism about the standards initiative and its implementation.

Gates gives $150 million in grants for Common Core Standards

For a supposedly public initiative, the Common Core States Initiative has benefited enormously from the generosity of Bill and Melinda Gates.

And now, Girl Scout badges aligned to Common Core standards

There's nothing, it seems, in this school reform era that you can't align with standards -- even Girl Scout badges.

Is the Common Core Standards initiative in trouble?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Core State Standards. Why?

Common Core Standards attacked by Republicans

Will new Republican efforts against on the Common Core State Standards destroy the bipartisanship that got them approved in more than 45 states?

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