U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday the government will spend up to $350 million to develop national standards in reading and math.
Duncan has long said learning expectations vary too widely from one state to another. What is considered passing in Georgia, may be failing in another state.
The idea is to develop uniform learning benchmarks and to spend up to $350 million developing tests to assess the new standards. The money comes from some of the stimulus funds designed to reward states that implement innovations backed by the administration.
Duncan spoke at the National Governors Association education symposium. Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office sent out a release Friday saying he would be at the event.
Georgia is among the states that have committed to the concept of national standards. (Alaska, Missouri, Texas and South Carolina have not.)
Getting states to agree to the concept is one thing. Getting them to agree on what the national standards should look like will be a greater challenge.
What do you think the standards should look like? What should this nation expect of students in reading and math at the end of elementary school, middle school and high school?