States Are Starting To Move On National Standards

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The results of a national common standards initiative were released this week by a panel commissioned through a partnership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This state-lead push for national standards has been given the thumbs up by the policy planners behind President Obama’s education agenda and the recent “Race to the Top” grant competition. If adopted on a large scale, this could have lasting implications on how education is structure in 48 states (Alaska and Texas declined to participate).

Experts believe that if the report’s recommendations was adopted, its effects would completely reform how we collect data on student’s performance impacting continuous areas of debate from classroom size to charter school funding

Chester E. Finn Jr., a former assistant secretary of education and an advocate for national standards for nearly two decades had this to say:

I’d say this is one of the most important events of the last several years in American education…Now we have the possibility that for the first time, states could come together around new standards and high school graduation requirements that are ambitious and coherent. This is a big deal.