23 states sign on to national academic standards

Twenty-three states have signed on to use national academic standards, and more are expected to do so before Aug. 2 to increase their chances of receiving federal Race to the Top funding. The Council of Chief State School Officers expects 41 states to agree to the core standards by the end of 2010. However, critics say that states are rushing into the standards, and some have questioned whether states are motivated by commitment to a national curriculum or by potential federal funding.

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