Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Un-Popularity of Massachusetts's Standards

In the conversation about national standards, one state that receives some praise is Massachusetts for its curriculum framework. It is worth noting that in the past couple years, three states bordering on Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire, have adopted a common set of standards (NECAP & GLE's) -- which are not Massachusetts's standards. Maine has announced it is joining the NECAP group.

I haven't really followed the intra-New England politics on this, but if Massachusetts's smaller neighbors decided not to use Mass's standards, it seems pretty unlikely that Texas will jump at the chance. And I don't see the Bay State relishing following Texas or Rhode Island or Alaska's lead in education.

I just don't see how this is going to work.

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