NY Times article: Obama administration endorses National Standards…

The Obama administration has endorsed an effort to introduce a uniform set of national educational standards know as the Common Core State Standards Initiative. See excerpts from the NY Times article and download the full report below. Considering that this initiative and our own National Standards Project (NSP) follow very similar logic, we’ll go ahead and assume that the Obama administration would endorse our efforts as well if winning World Cups was on it’s agenda.

See the five steps below, pulled directly from the report issued by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc. (Click here to download the full 52 page report).

Change a few words and presto, it starts to sound a lot like the National Technical Standards Project.

An important point of distinction between the education movement and the NSP is that we have already developed the standardized assessment protocols (the iSoccer Assessment) as well as the platform to distribute the assessment and collect assessment data (iSoccer.org). Determining which skills and training techniques should be emphasized and mastered at each level of development is the next phase of the NSP, one we look forward to undertaking with our various strategic partners. Before we do that we need to measure our baseline: to find out where we are today to better inform the way we improve in the future. Learn how you can participate at www.TheStandardsProject.org.

Read the Full Article:
“Panel Proposes Single Standard for All Schools”
by Sam Dillon, New York Times

Excerpts from the article:

A panel of educators convened by the nation’s governors and state school superintendents proposed a uniform set of academic standards on Wednesday, laying out their vision for what all the nation’s public school children should learn in math and English, year by year, from kindergarten to high school graduation.

The new proposals could transform American education, replacing the patchwork of standards ranging from mediocre to world-class that have been written by local educators in every state.

I’d say this is one of the most important events of the last several years in American education,” said Chester E. Finn Jr., a former assistant secretary of education who has been an advocate for national standards for nearly two decades. “Now we have the possibility that for the first time, states could come together around new standards and high school graduation requirements that are ambitious and coherent. This is a big deal.

The Obama administration quickly endorsed the effort. Under the Department of Education’s Race to the Top initiative, in which states are competing for a share of $4 billion in school improvement money, states can earn 40 points of the possible 500 for participating in the common effort and adopting the new standards. Under current law, there is no penalty for states that choose not to participate.