The Federal Government, States, and Standards:
A 25-Year Partnership?

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Twenty-five years ago this month, President George H.W. Bush and the nation’s governors gathered for a two-day summit in Charlottesville, Va., to discuss a single policy issue—education. The Sept. 27-28, 1989, gathering was a crucial point in the push for standards-based education accountability.

Historic Summit Fueled Push for K-12 Standards

Aftershocks continue from the 1989 meeting in Charlottesville, Va., where the White House and the nation's governors took an aggressive turn toward standards-based accountability in public education.

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Precedents and Milestones

View TimelineSee how the summit fits into the broader picture of standards-based education reform.

Key Players

See Players Find out more about the key players of the summit.

From the Archives

Read StoriesRead more about the summit and its impact in these Education Week stories.

Additional Resources

See ResourcesVideos and additional information from the summit.

Vol. 34, Issue 05