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Jul 27

National Standards and Tests: An Unprecedented Federal Overreach

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Co-hosted by the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research

For nearly five decades, Washington’s role in education has been growing at a tremendous pace, wresting educational authority away from states and local school districts. At the same time, educational achievement has remained flat. Now, the Obama Administration wants to double-down on this failed strategy and is pushing states to adopt national standards and tests to define and measure what every public school child in American should know.

An unprecedented federal overreach, the Common Core State Standards Initiative has been criticized for the quality of the content of standards, entanglement with federal incentives and a disregard for state educational authority. Join us as our special guests examine the problems and pitfalls that await if the push for national standards and tests is successful.

More About the Speakers

Opening Remarks by
Robert Scott
Texas Commissioner of Education

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Sandra Stotsky
Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas

Theodor Rebarber
CEO of AccountabilityWorks

Ze’ev Wurman
Business Leader, Silicon Valley, California

Williamson M. Evers
Research Fellow and Member of the K–12 Education Task Force, The Hoover Institution

James Stergios
Executive Director, The Pioneer Institute (Moderator)

Hosted By

Lindsey Burke Lindsey Burke

Will Skillman Fellow in Education Read More