So, 46 states (excluding Alaska, Missouri, Texas and South Carolina), have agreed to condiser working on a set of national education standards for English/Reading and Math. In a rise in global competition, they're trying to step it up so we can compete. Government officials tend to forget from time to time that comparing the students in other countries to students in the United States is like comparing apples and oranges. If only the elite attend university and other student take classes that will prepare them for whatever career they will find themselves in, then it makes sense that the scores from overseas will be higher for countries that give all students an opportunity to graduate.
Will good come of this? And will government officials consider using NCTE/IRA and NCTM standards?