Poor State Standards Need National Attention

Ohio's schoolchildren aren't being well served by the state's mediocre (or worse) learning expectations. That's just one of the findings of Fordham's The State of State Standards 2006, a new report which evaluates state academic standards. When the average state grade is a "C-minus", the same as six years earlier (Ohio earned a "D-plus" this go round), what is to be done? Go national. Another new report from Fordham, To Dream the Impossible Dream: Four Approaches to National Standards and Tests for America's Schools, brings together education policy leaders from across the political spectrum to flesh out and evaluate several forms that national standards and testing could take.

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