Do national standards have a chance? Prospects have rise from none to slim, writes guest columnist Kevin Kosar on This Week in Education. H.R. 325, a bill to create national standards, would require voluntary standards in math and science linked to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
However, the proposed implementation grants are measly compared to the mandates, writes Kosar. Furthermore, the bill gives the federal government unprecedented authority over curriculum, which will raise fears of politicization.
H.R. 325 wisely steers clear of the most politicized parts of the curricula, health/sex education, history, and English. Science, though, may be a problem.
What happens if religious-right groups push for including creationism?
National standards could raise expectations for students in states that are meeting No Child Left Behind by defining “proficient” as “has a pulse.” But it’s so easy to do standards badly.