National Standards & The Gates Foundation

MongohorsePeople ask me all the time whether the big education foundations --

Gates, Broad, et al -- have too much influence over the districts where

they are funding initiatives, and my usual response has been "no." But

if Gates develops national standards and tests, which is apparently itsnext big move, that might change things.

I support national standards and tests, and I'm as impatient as

everyone else. But Gates-made national standards creep me out a little

bit. I'd rather the states or the USDE develop the tests than the

Gates Foundation do it. Give the Obama administration a chance to do

something. (Or at least have Achieve do it.)

Then again, I'd rather

have standards than the current mishmash of uneven and generally

low-level state standards.

Cross-posted from TWIE.

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