Common Core State Standards

Early in the 2014 legislative session Education Committee Chair Gary Stevens wanted to open the conversation related to Alaska’s state academic standards and their relation to the Common Core State Standards.   He arranged a two-day hearing to discuss implementation of the state standards.

Across the nation, an increasing number of students are being required to enroll in remedial courses when they arrive on college campuses. These additional courses add to the time spent obtaining a college degree and increase an already growing student debt problem. By implementing college- and career-readiness standards, states can better prepare students for the challenges of college or the workforce. 

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to present to the Montana Joint Committee on Education.  At the invitation of Senator Llew Jones, I spoke to the House and Senate education committee members on Common Core State Standards implementation efforts and related costs.  Amy Starzynski, a partner at the Washington, D.C,-based EducationCounsel, joined me for the discussion on state efforts and promising policies.

Knowing that states continue to struggle with education budgets, Amy and I shared information on ways to...

What was considered ‘proficient’ on standardized tests in Illinois last year might not quite make the grade on this year’s state assessments. The Illinois State Board of Education voted on Thursday to raise the benchmark for proficiency on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). The decision is an important step in preparing for more rigorous Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math and preparing for the higher expectations of a new assessment system that is set to debut in 2014-15.

It’s a tough world out there for young people looking to succeed in college. And for far too many of them, the education they received as children hasn’t help as much as it should have. “Obviously, global competition made this more urgent than ever before,” said Lucille Davy, senior adviser with the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Education Policy and Leadership. Davy was one of the featured speakers on a November webinar by The Council of State Governments—“Increasing Access to Postsecondary Education.”