Curriculum Matters is tracking the Dueling Manifesti on a national (or common) curriculum. Go there for lots of links.
Like Jay Mathews, I think it’s the tests that matter rather than the standards alone. The feds are funding two groups that are developing assessments linked to Common Core Standards. Mathews argues that creative teachers will ignore the new standards and that common tests, which could make a difference, “will never fly on a national scale.”
I’m not at all sure that common tests will crash and burn.