A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

"CREDO study shows quality counts," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"By the Company It Keeps: Marc Porter Magee," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

In his speech yesterday to the American Society of News Editors, Arne Duncan mounted a spirited defense of the Common Core standards. (Politics K–12, Rick Hess Straight Up, Curriculum Matters, and Huffington Post)

A number of reports and studies highlight how the rising cost of college hampers social and economic mobility. (New York Times)

After audits found that New York’s pre-K special-education programs were under regulated and plagued by abuse of funds, the state is moving to require audits of every special-ed pre-K contractor by 2018. (New York Times)

Vermont and Maryland have both signed on to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. (Curriculum Matters, Washington Post, and Curriculum Matters)

New research finds that the projected gap between the demand for and supply of American workers with university degrees has continued to widen. (Hechinger Report)

The latest annual OECD annual report is out, relating (among other things) that teachers in the United States out-earn most of their international peers—but salaries are not rising at the same pace as those in other nations. (Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Education has released data on how schools participating in SIG performed in their first year in the program. (Politics K–12)

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