Apparently everyone thinks national standards are just around the corner, especially since a David Hoff headline said as much the other day. I don’t think Robert “Panic at the” Pondiscio has sobered-up since reading that!
Good thing the national standards bubble has never popped before…So before you rush to start investing in all this Checker Finn’s caution on Hoffblog is well-worth heeding:
If you scratch “a millimeter below the surface” on national standards, significant differences emerge on who should set the standards, what should be in them, and other hot-button issues.
I’d add that some of the rush to national standards from appointed and elected state level officials has less to do with enthusiasm for the idea than a desire to play defense because they see it as inevitable. In other words they’re not all happy warriors and as soon as the veneer of inevitability starts to fade you may see some feet dragging. Not saying national standards won’t happen at some point, I suspect they will in at least core subjects, only that it’s further off than many enthusiasts assume. That, of course, has some more immediate policy implications.
Update: Finn, who has seen this issue unfold for a while, elaborates and lays out seven sins he sees in the offing on all this.