Education Opinion

National Standards -- Then Vs. Now

By Alexander Russo — January 18, 2007 1 min read
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Voluntary National Testing Then

Supported by a still-popular 2nd term President (Clinton).

Debated as part of the annual approps process (FY97-98).

Supported by a popular EdSec (Riley).

Proposed right after a big Democratic win (’96).

Supported by business (Biz Roundtable & US Chamber).

Supported by several states & districts (7 or so, as I recall).

Voluntary National Standards Now

Supported by a long-shot Presidential candidate (Dodd).

Proposed as part of reauthorization of an unpopular law (NCLB).

Proposed by a group not in favor with their own party (Fordham).

Opposed by an unpopular EdSec (Spellings).

Proposed right after a big Republican loss (’06).

Supported by the NEA & Others (to scuttle NCLB).

Not supported by any states or districts.

For those of you who may not have been there, here are some helpful EdWeek archives from that period:

01/28/98 National Panel Delays Clinton’s Proposed Voluntary Tests
02/19/97 Focus on Basics Key to Clinton Call for Testing
03/12/97 State Officials Seek Flexibility, Regulatory Relief
03/12/97 Clinton Teacher Board Proposal Marks Milestone
02/19/97 Political Shift Emboldens Clinton To Urge Tests
09/24/97 Education Liberty Bonds
09/30/98 Panel Assails Assessment Calculations
11/19/97 Test Proposal To Be Tested by Experts
05/07/97 The Splintered Curriculum
05/28/97 Clinton Hopes Test Proposal Would Be Only the Beginning
04/09/97 Stumping for Standards
02/11/98 Waging a War on Incivility
10/22/97 National Tests, Title I at Odds on Language
06/17/98 Panel Finds No Tests Comparable to Ones Clinton Espouses
06/25/97 Local Control Could Stymie Clinton Tests

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