Increasing Number of States Adopt National Education Standards

On Wednesday July 21, 2010, 27 states indicated their intentions to adopt national education standards to be implemented in the coming years and more are expected to do so in the near future.  While critics maintain that national education standards will lead to more federal government control and inertia at the state level, pursuing national education standards has long been a goal of Secretary Arne Duncan and the Obama Education Department.  States that adopt these standards by August 2nd will receive bonus points towards receiving ‘Race to the Top’ funding which will be granted in September.

In March of this year, the Program on America and the Global Economy held an event on the question of national education standards with a group of Einstein Fellows, outstanding math and science teachers selected to spend a year in executive branch or congressional offices.  While some of the fellows argued for the adoption of national standards, citing the achievement gap, increased student mobility, and making cross-state comparisons more effective, the fellows admitted that having national standards in place would certainly not act as an educational panacea.

Posted by: Clark Taylor

Sources: New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cato Institute

Photo Credit: The United States Department of Education

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