Focusing on Essential Knowledge and Skills

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How can you mobilize to help the nation improve math and science education for all students? Read recommended actions from The Opportunity Equation report. MORE

We must raise the bar in education and rethink the design of school if we want excellent math and science learning for all students. The Opportunity Equation report provides a roadmap for this vision with recommendations for key stakeholders. MORE


Common Core Standards: Why Did States Choose to Adopt?

We hear from: Former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Education Commissioners Eric J. Smith (FL) and Mitchell D. Chester (MA), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Chester Finn. MORE


Common standards, linked with rigorous assessments, set the bar for all students—from struggling to advanced—to master academically rigorous content and succeed in the global economy. MORE


CPS seeks funding for Common Core curriculum

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Public Schools is hoping to secure $600,000 in private funding to launch a more rigorous Common Core curriculum at 60 schools this year.

The schools will get an early start in preparing for testing that will begin in 2014-2015.

Teachers at 35 schools will meet monthly and get ongoing professional development and full planning support. Another 25 schools will get to start early as well and get a chance to collaborate, but they will not receive full support from central office.

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