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ERIC Number: EJ779285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Do We Need National Standards with Teeth?
Usiskin, Zalman
Educational Leadership, v65 n3 p38-42 Nov 2007
The author, director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, tackles the following question: Should the United States have national standards with teeth, that is, a single set of standards tied to assessments and agreed to by the states? Proponents advance five main arguments for implementing such a standard. In his rebuttal, the author points out that a single set of national standards in mathematics assures neither high student performance nor a healthy economy, that mathematics curriculums are fairly prescribed and uniform across states, that a national curriculum won't resolve the equity issue or speed up change in schools, and that the politicization of education in the United States has resulted in a loss of expert guidance in mathematics at the national level. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A