Assignment memo: Is Massachusetts already at “The Top?”

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Here is our first Assignment Memo:

As the June 1 deadline for Obama’s Race to the Top competition approaches, Massachusetts is intensely debating whether Race to the Top is a race worth winning, especially when it comes to setting new national standards as part of their application. Massachusetts leaders say they’ve already spent considerable time and effort developing high standards and that their students rank at or near the top of national and international tests. They wonder: Would adopting the national baselines actually be a step down?

Here’s a few stories and op-ed pieces on the issue:

Arne Duncan urges Mass. to reapply for Race to the Top

Mass. education officials considering changing test

Op-ed: Is changing the test selling out?

Op-Ed: State shouldn’t adopt weaker standards

POSTED BY ON May 25, 2010