Draft academic standards in math and English—the bedrock of the national common standards movement, of which Illinois has played a central role—were released yesterday. (NYT)
The new standards are likely to touch off a vast effort to rewrite textbooks, train teachers and produce appropriate tests, if a critical mass of states adopts them in coming months, as seems likely. But there could be opposition in some states, like Massachusetts, which already has high standards that advocates may want to keep.
“Many states have too many expectations in their academic standards that force teachers to cover too much in a superficial way,” said Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. “We said: ‘Let’s keep these very understandable and at a number that is manageable. Let’s not put on teachers more requirements than they can deliver.’ ”
* Schools Inspector General launchs investigations into 30 Chicago high schools where grade-changing may be rampant; Mayor Daley lashes out. (Sun-Times)
* Undocumented Chicago youth come out to press for immigration overhaul. (WBEZ)
* CEO Ron Huberman’s performance management highlighted on All Things Considered.
* Hundreds protest cuts to Chicago sophomore sports programs. (ABC7)