Education standards fall short

The Lowell Sun

By Ze’ev Wurman and Sandra Stotsky

Updated: 03/15/2010 09:55:31 AM EDT

It began as an admirable idea. Develop a set of national K-12 English and math standards states could sign on to voluntarily to help reduce race- and class-based achievement gaps, ensure high standards for all public school students and help make the United States more competitive in the global economy.

But just a year later, national standards are looking far less admirable. President Obama just announced that signing on to once-voluntary standards would be a condition for receipt of federal funding, even though the standards aren’t even complete and recent drafts are woefully deficient. {Read more here}

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