Monday, April 20, 2009

National Standards

Here's an article that pretty neatly sums up all the reasons I think we should have national standards. My favorite part is the chart of "strong" vs. "weak" standards (sadly, it seems only to show up in the print version)--the weak ones are EXACTLY what NYS standards look like--completely untestable, lamebrained ambiguities. Maybe not the worst in the 50 states, but surely the worst among the states whose standards I regularly use or check.

My only issue is the number of think tanks lining up to devise the plan. Someone is going to make money off it, and it should be as far away from people like Harold McGraw as possible. Maybe I'll volunteer my services to Arne Duncan. Well, not volunteer, exactly. . . .

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