National Standards -- Then Vs. Now
Voluntary National Testing Then
Supported by a still-popular 2nd term President (Clinton).
Debated as part of the annual approps process (FY97-98).
Supported by a popular EdSec (Riley).
Proposed right after a big Democratic win (’96).
Supported by business (Biz Roundtable & US Chamber).
Supported by several states & districts (7 or so, as I recall).
Voluntary National Standards Now
Supported by a long-shot Presidential candidate (Dodd).
Proposed as part of reauthorization of an unpopular law (NCLB).
Proposed by a group not in favor with their own party (Fordham).
Opposed by an unpopular EdSec (Spellings).
Proposed right after a big Republican loss (’06).
Supported by the NEA & Others (to scuttle NCLB).
Not supported by any states or districts.
For those of you who may not have been there, here are some helpful EdWeek archives from that period: