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Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2005
With the federal No Child Left Behind Act underscoring the wide variation in what states demand of their students, people on both sides of the political aisle are again making the case for national standards, curricula, and tests. It wasn't so long ago--during the Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations--that similar proposals went down in…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, National Standards, Academic Standards, Politics of Education
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2005
The federal government has responded to criticism of the No Child Left Behind Act by giving states greater flexibility in how to comply. Analysts worry that the law's purpose is being lost along the way. Since U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that she would take a "common sense" approach to carrying out the No…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Federal Government, Public Officials, Accountability
Olson, Lynn – Education Week, 2004
In this article, the author discusses how England refines its accountability reforms. When the Conservative government crafted the Education Reform Act of 1988, which mandates a national curriculum for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as national-curriculum tests at ages 7, 11, and 14, schools in England were permitted to secede from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Accountability, National Curriculum