Tuesday, July 22, 2008

City School Chiefs Lobby for Hot-Button Issues

1.) Create national standards:

Right now, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly L. Hall said the only way for districts to measure their students' performance against the rest of the country is participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress' program measuring city schools' achievement.

"We need to have national standards and national assessments so then everybody can understand that if you're proficient in math in California, you're proficient in math in New York," said Joel I. Klein, the chancellor of New York City Public Schools.

"If you look at the countries that are doing well, they all have national tests and national standards," he added.

"The fact that you have 50 different hurdles for our children to jump over, that doesn't make any sense," said Arne Duncan, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
Does this have any impact?

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