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National Education Standards: Getting Beneath the Surface

Barton, Paul E.
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ETS Policy Information Center Report
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Education Policy Education Reform Education Standards National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)


This Policy Information Perspective aims at increasing our understanding of the history, the facts, the choices, the risks, and the possibilities that are involved in coming to a decision about establishing national standards in a nation that prizes local control of schools. The report offers a number of approaches that might be considered for increasing commonality in what is taught and presents experiences and examples that are being tried across the nation and could provide a basis for new efforts.

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