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No Rewrite Yet for NCLB

Search TagX on Google View all posts tagged as Tagx Find TagX related info in WikiPedia Nick Anderson at the Washington Post reports that the overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) seems to be stalled in Congress. Despite pleas from Duncan and Obama, it also appears increasingly unlikely that the Democratic-led Congress will provide […]

Debating National Standards

The debaters at the NYT Room for Debate take a look at the pros and cons of national curriculum standards: Twenty-seven states have said they will adopt the recently unveiled national education standards, and several other states are expected to sign on in the next two weeks. The Obama administration has pressed hard for the […]

What Do They Know and When Did They Know It?

Sarah Butrymowicz at the Hechinger Report notes: From who the president is to how to tell time, what you’re expected to learn in school each year depends on where you live in the U.S. South Dakota’s second-graders are supposed to learn how to tell time to the minute. In Alaska, students might be forgiven for […]

National Control of Ideas

Lindsey Burke and Jennifer Marshall make the case against a common national curriculum, arguing that standardization is more likely to result in uniform mediocrity than in academic excellence. According to Burke and Marshall, having common standards not only won’t increase student learning, national standards will tend to lower standards and distract schools and communities from […]

Messing with Title I

As we’ve said here before, it makes no sense to insist that states that want a shot at Race to the Top grant money sign on to what is a pig in a poke– a common curriculum that hasn’t been written yet. But at least that’s an optional project that many districts and states for […]

Making Standards Make Sense

I’ve never really understood the Race to the Top requirement that states sign on to a set of common academic standards that haven’t even been created yet. It seems to me that we’re putting the cart before the horse. The U.S. Department of Education is pushing common standards before we’re had a good discussion on […]

Unintended Consequences

The folks who designed the No Child Left Behind legislation no doubt had their collective hearts in the right place, but they neglected to take human nature into account. After all, increasing student learning isn’t the only way to meet proficiency goals. Another way is to define down what it means to be proficient. And […]