The state-led common standards movement, which will raise expectations for all students no matter where they live, represents a "sea change" in American education and one that is sorely needed, according to a new issue brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Common Standards: The Time Is Now Report/Fact SheetDecember 17, 2009
After years of debate, the nation is now taking a bold step toward ensuring that all students graduate ready for college and careers.
INTERNATIONAL LESSONS ABOUT NATIONAL STANDARDS: New Report Calls for an Independent Organization to Lead U.S. Standards Effort ArticleSeptember 14, 2009
International Lessons about National Standards, a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, takes a look at two pressing education issues- international benchmarking and common national standards-and explains why the first issue can greatly inform the second.
THE OPPORTUNITY EQUATION: In Effort to Raise Math and Science Levels of American Students, Report Says that the Nation Must “Do School Differently” ArticleJune 29, 2009
A new report from Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education argues that the United States must “mobilize for excellence” in mathematics and science education so that all students achieve much higher levels of math and science learning.
STANDARDS MOVEMENT GAINING STEAM: Duncan Announces Plan to Commit Up to $350 Million for Assessments Linked to Common Standards ArticleJune 29, 2009
Earlier this month, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced that forty-six states and the District of Columbia have signed on to a joint effort to develop a common core of state standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades K–12.
STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVENESS THROUGH COMMON ACADEMIC STANDARDS: House Committee Looks for Ways to Support State-Led Efforts to Produce Common Standards ArticleMay 04, 2009
Last week, witnesses appearing before the House Education and Labor Committee described an effort underway in states to develop common academic standards that would prepare all students to compete in today’s global economy.
A NEW WAY FORWARD FOR THE GATES FOUNDATION: Bill Gates Expresses Support for National Standards, Performance Pay for Teachers ArticleNovember 17, 2008
To better help students graduate from high school ready for college, Gates endorsed national standards, performance pay for teachers, and outlined a new way forward for the Gates Foundation that will focus on identifying effective teaching and fostering innovations to aid struggling students.
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The 2001-2002 State of Our Nation's Youth study found that 43 percent of all high school students work a job outside school.