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New national math, English standards drafted

DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE – Math and English instruction in the United States moved a step closer to uniform – and more rigorous – standards today as draft new national guidelines were released.

Supporters of the project led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers hope the lists of things kids should learn at each grade level will replace a patchwork of systems across the country. The effort is expected to lead to standardization of textbooks and testing and make learning easier for students who move from state to state.

But some have criticized the process, saying adoption of the new standards won’t be voluntary. Texas and Alaska are the only states not participating in the effort, and Texas also opted out of the federal Race to the Top competition for $4.35 billion for education reform.



The public is invited to comment on the proposed new national standards until April 2, and the developers hope to publish final education goals for K-12 math and English in May.

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Common Standards Initiative: http://www.corestandards.org/


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