Jim Burke, an English teacher in Virginia, posts his version of what students need to know and be able to do in English to prepare for college and the workplace.
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August 03, 2009
July 24, 2009
At a forum at the National Press Club takes stock of the movement for common standards and the long road to travel once they are developed.
May 13, 2009
Talk about "common standards" continues to pop up all over town here in the nation's capital.
May 11, 2009
The Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday offering support for "common, national standards." The editorial also says that improvements on the long-term National Assessment of Educational Progress trend data for younger students, particularly minority students, "can be traced to the stand...
April 30, 2009
Interesting changes appear to be in the works for the state of Texas' accountability system, according to this story in the Dallas Morning News. The proposed changes, included in legislation moving through the House and Senate in Austin, would require students to meet new, higher college-readiness ...
February 24, 2009
Don't miss my colleague David Hoff's post over at NCLB: Act II about a vote at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association to approve a policy statement that could lead to a set of national standards.
February 19, 2009
After posting a series of items on national standards on this blog, like this one, I got an email from Neal McCluskey over at the Cato Institute. There are naysayers when it comes to national standards, for sure. McCluskey, the associate director for the Center for Educational Freedom at the Liberta...
February 17, 2009
Now AFT President Randi Weingarten is making a case for national standards. In this Washington Post commentary, Weingarten says it is time to revisit the need for a common set of rigorous standards for all U.S. children if we are to be competitive with high-performing countries that already have suc...
February 06, 2009
A New York Times editorial on the stimulus bill this week makes a pitch for national academic standards amid recommendations, like this one among some think tanks and policy groups. Education Secretary Arne "Duncan’s main goal should be to replace a wildly uneven patchwork of standards with a coh...