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Teachers’ union report: No link between academic performance and national standards

Making sure that students across the country learn the same things about the same subjects has been one of the main thrusts of the Obama administration’s education reforms. But a new report from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice pokes holes in the theory that national standards will do anything to boost academic achievement.
The center, the research arm of the Michigan Education Association and unions in other states in the region, released a study authored by William J. Mathis stating that research doesn’t support the notion that standards are necessary for keeping the nation competitive in a global economy.
The center, the research arm of the Michigan Education Association and unions in other states in the region, released a study authored by William J. Mathis stating that research doesn’t support the notion that standards are necessary for keeping the nation competitive in a global economy.
“Without addressing both the in-school and out-of-school influences on test scores, common core standards are not likely to improve the quality and equity of Americas public schools,” Mathis wrote in his report, “The Common Core Standards Initiative: An Effective Reform Tool?” according to a release from the organization.
The U.S. Education Department has pressured states to adopt national standards, giving points to states adopting them as they compete for Race to the Top dollars. States also could lose federal Title I aid if they do not adopt the standards, which are being created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Mathis is the managing director of the Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the former superintendent in Vermont — a former national superintendent of the year finalist.
“U.S. states with high academic standards fare no better (or worse) than those identified as having low academic standards,” he writes in the report.

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