Alaska's decision to sit out education reform effort draws mixed reaction

June 2, 2009
Only 4 states have declined to take part in drive for uniform standards

From The Anchorage Daily News: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to opt out of an effort to write nationwide education standards in reading and math has some Alaska educators cheering and others dismayed. Palin has rejected what nearly all other states have accepted. She says Alaska has chosen to "monitor but not yet actively participate" in the process of standardizing K-12 education. Forty-six states have signed on to the initiative to devise standards for reading and math testing that would let the performance of students in one state be compared with those in another.

Earlier...from The Washington Post: Forty-six U.S. states and Washington, D.C., say they will try to craft a single vision for what children should learn each year in grades K to 12. The effort is being led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The only governors who have not signed on to the plan are those in Texas, Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina.

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