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ERIC Number: ED511404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
E Pluribus Unum in Education? Governance Models for National Standards and Assessments: Looking beyond the World of K-12 Schooling
McGuinn, Patrick
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The attempt to create common standards and assessments in education obliges individuals to revisit some longstanding debates about the capacity of the American intergovernmental system to adapt to new policy demands. Some observers remain skeptical that states have the political will or administrative capacity to develop and adopt higher policy standards on their own--particularly for their most disadvantaged and least politically powerful members--absent federal money/mandates/leadership driving the effort. Are there examples from outside of K-12 education of successful multi-state efforts to create common standards? What lessons can be gleaned from existing interstate ventures? This paper seeks to broaden the discussion around "common" standards and assessments in K-12 education by analyzing the long-term governance challenges such efforts pose and by identifying models whereby common standards and assessments have been created in other policy sectors. Education Compacts and Agencies (As of 2003) is appended. (Contains 34 footnotes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; New York; South Dakota; United States