In the News

February 4, 2015-Math Pathways Convening. Click here to register (teams of 5 identified by each institutions in different disciplines).

November 13, 2014-A recent article in the Oregonian gives an overview of the Common Core in Oregon.

October, 2014-Washington adopts agreement to use Smarter Balanced assessment for course placement. Read more here.

Find out which Oregon higher education leaders have shown their support on the Higher Education for Higher Standards website.


And say, here's an interesting news report from May from the National PTA president.


The Register-Guard (OR), 8/28/14
Article: “Idaho did homework on new test”

The News Tribune (WA), 8/27/14
Article: “School test results tell only part of the story this year as state moves to new assessment” 

CORElaborate, 8/27/14
Blog: “5 Facts about Smarter Balanced Assessments” 

New York Daily News, 8/26/14
Op-Ed: “Testing my patience”

Los Angeles Daily News, 8/25/14
Op-Ed: “Common Core standards will move public education forward: Guest commentary”

Billings Gazette (MT), 8/24/14
Op-Ed: “Guest opinion: U.S. business depends on solid STEM education” (MO), 8/22/14
Article: “Mo. Districts to Prepare Students for Common Core Tests”

San Jose Mercury News (CA), 8/22/14
Article: “Great Expectations: Santa Cruz schools resume this week”

Association for Career & Technical Education, 8/22/14
Blog: “Smarter Balanced Assessment Input Needed” 
The Hechinger Report, 8/22/14
Opinion: “Higher Ed isn’t as far behind on Common Core as you think” 

Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times (DE), 8/21/14
Article: “District administrators, teachers preparing for new Smarter Balanced state assessment”


Beth Smith, president of the California Community Colleges Academic Senate ( does a great job of expressing the faculty viewpoint on the value of the standards.

Bill Moore (WA) wrote to a faculty member who raised concerns about Common Core and Smarter Balanced derived from reading the online postings of frequent critic Diane Ravtich: