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Posted at 3:41 PM ET, 05/25/2010

Md. backs common academic standards

By Washington Post editors

Maryland became on Tuesday one of the first states to endorse new academic standards for reading and math instruction as part of a national movement to create common expectations for the nation's public school students.

It is a move that will touch every student in every state and require new teacher training and standardized tests.

The new common core standards for math and reading are a key part of President Obama’s efforts to improve public education, and will shape what is taught from kindergarten to high school. The country currently has a patchwork of standards and tests of varying quality.

-- Michael Birnbaum

By Washington Post editors  | May 25, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  academic standards, common standards, maryland, maryland state board of education  
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Wait: we can't have standards---especially not common standards. That would require that we test to see if they have been met. And we can't allow testing because that will demonstrate that there are differences among our children. No, no we cannot allow or acknowledge differences among our children. God forbid we see patterns in differences. No, can't have that.

Better quash the standards now!

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | May 25, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

How many sets of standards do we need? There must be about half a dozen competing sets of standards published by "highly reputable" entities, including the state, my school system, professional societies, etc. And most of them say the same thing. What more is there to say? Choose some and stick to it.

Wouldn't the salaries paid to those charged with reinventing these things be more appropriately targeted to real teachers in real classrooms?

Posted by: eduk81 | May 25, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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