Report: Different state standards create patchwork system

02/19/2009 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

Standards for No Child Left Behind vary enough from state to state that a failing school in one could pass in another, according to a national report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute expected to be released today. President Barack Obama has said he will push for more unified expectations. "The notion that we have 50 different goal posts doesn't make sense," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. "A high-school diploma needs to mean something, no matter where it's from."

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