Saturday, June 30, 2007

Interactive Map

Here's a fun interactive map that shows exactly why those of us who work on state tests think national standards are the only sensible way to go. Find a panel of 50 educators, one from each state, develop standards that are simple and consistent, and design a test to assess them. If you think you have local control now, you haven't been paying attention.

* Did you know that: Indiana and California have essentially the same standards? Why, I'll never know. As far as I know, they're the only two that correlate.
* Did you know that: the NYSED website is one of the worst-designed and hardest to navigate of all 50 state ed sites? It appears to have been set up by trained orangutans.
* Did you know that: a student who aces the NC test could likely fail the MI test?
There are really just a few of us in the biz who look at enough different state tests to know how disparate they are across the board.

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