Standards-Based Reform: Real Change or Political

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Will the standards-based reform
movement improve education or
discriminate against poor and
disadvantaged students?
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All children will start school ready to learn.
The high school graduation rate will
increase to at least 90 percent.
All students in grades four, eight, and
twelve will demonstrate competency in
English, math, science, civics, foreign
language, economics, arts, history, and
geography.
U.S. students will be first in math and
science achievement.
Every adult will be literate.
Every school in the U.S. will be free of
drugs and violence, and the unauthorized
presence of firearms and alcohol