For a number of years now there’s been a growing movement to establish national academic standards. The Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has come out in support of national standards, has expressed plans to revise NCLB to create those standards. Duncan claims that states would be allowed to choose whether to adopt the national standards, but choosing not to participate could cost the state it’s federal education funding.
The article from Bloomberg covers the Duncan’s statement.
What might national standards look like?
Achieve, Inc is a national education reform organization whose intent is to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability for students throughout the US.
To support that purpose Achieve has developed benchmarks (a code word for standards) for English and Mathematics. Take the time to read through them, because National Standards are coming our way.