Public Agenda

Reality Check 2002

A Special Report


The fifth annual progress report on the academic standards movement finds widespread support among teachers and parents, while high school students seem to be adjusting comfortably to the new provisions. The report finds strong agreement on the role standardized tests can play and a broad consensus on how they should be used. But based on reports from teachers, parents and students, the impact of higher standards on promotion and graduation policies is mixed. Employers and college professors continue to voice considerable dissatisfaction with high school graduates' basic skills.

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