Arne Duncan’s Second Term Agenda Unfolds

And he’s doubling down on the Common Core State Standards, as well as common assessments and teacher assessments.  In his speech to Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education Summit EdWeek reports:

In remarks at the two-day forum in Washington of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Duncan said he has an “ambitious” second-term agenda that includes holding the line on initiatives he started during his first four years. He cited specifically the tough road ahead for common standards, common tests, and teacher evaluations.

“Do we have the courage to stay the course there?” he asked during his 30 minutes of remarks, which included a question-and-answer session.

Is courage the right word for what they want to do?  The good news is at least he’s anticipating push back.