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ERIC Number: EJ864170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-4
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Conflict of Interest Arises as Concern in Standards Push
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v29 n10 p1, 13 Nov 2009
A respected literacy-research organization is asking that a process be put in place to make more transparent potential conflicts of interest that writers of the common national academic standards might have, and to address them. The Literacy Research Association sent a letter Oct. 21 to the groups overseeing the development of common standards that, among other points, expresses concern that many of the authors are "representatives of multiple commercial entities that stand to profit enormously from selling curricula, instructional materials, assessments, and consultancies as the standards are rolled out." Such connections should be "explicitly revealed and addressed," says the letter from the group, formerly called the National Reading Conference. While the letter does not cite specific names, a significant number of people selected to write the standards, which are geared initially toward college and career readiness, are representing ACT Inc., and the College Board. The authors' names and primary affiliations are listed on the project's materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment