National Standards, Is It Time?

With the introduction of No Child Left Behind in 2001 the emphasis on standards and accountability has grown considerably.  A recent article in Education Week entitled, “Nationwide Standards Eyed Anew” discusses the inconsistencies among standards and assessments across the 50 states.  As a result, several experts are urging officials to examine the development of national standards and a single assessment that can be utilized across the country. 

What’s your opinion, is it time to consider national standards and assessments or is this best left to individual districts and states?


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  1. Brian Bartel said:

    As a teacher in Wisconsin (which received an F for its science standards), our standards are more loosely defined than other states. Instead of a grocery checklist, our stadards are broad at the state level, which requires individual district autonomy for setting their own standards.
    Ed Mueller, The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers responds “It looks to me like they are comparing California oranges to Wisconsin apples!”

  2. Aaron Smith said:

    I have mixed feelings about this: Our school systems are supposed to be run by the state, not the federal government.

    On the other hand, I look at the disparaging level of standards in some states and think they should be required to set the bar higher.

    To skip a lot of internal dialouge, I guess the bottom line is that if it’s educators setting the standards rather than administrators or politicians it could pan out to be a useful policy.

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