The proposed common core standards were released today, Here's an article in the New York Times that covers the basics pretty throughly. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/education/11educ.html A piece on Edweek delves a little deeper, pulling out some of the specific language http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/03/10/25common_ep.h29.html [quote]In 62 pages, the English/language arts standards aim to “lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century,” able to tackle complex works of literature and nonfiction, sift critically through the masses of information available online, and marshal evidence to build compelling arguments. [/quote] and for mathematics [quote]The 71-page mathematics standards attempt to avoid the charge of “mile-wide, inch-deep” treatment of the subject by carving out key ideas and emphasizing conceptual understanding of them, and placing a premium on students’ ability to explain math problems, not simply compute them. [/quote] These standards are open for public comment until April 2!! http://www.corestandards.org/ If you are interested in this important issue, be sure to weigh in at the link above before then.