March 10, 2010
Panel Releases Proposal to Set U.S. Standards for Education (New York Times)
Culminating a years work, a panel of educators convened by the nations governors and state school superintendents released a set of proposed common academic standards on Wednesday. The standards, posted on the panels web site, lay out the panels vision of what American public school students should learn in math and English, year by year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.
Forty-eight states cooperated in producing the proposed standards, which amount to a new road map for American public education. If a majority of states were to adopt them over the next few months, which experts said was a growing possibility, the new standards would replace the nations motley current checkerboard of locally written standards, which vary greatly in content and sophistication. And adoption of the new standards would set off a vast new effort to rewrite textbooks and standardized tests.