NATIONAL SET STANDARDS
Yes we do need a national standard for education because each state has its own way of graduating a high school student. Are we really the United States of America if each state has its own way of graduating a high school student?? I say no.
A national set standard is one of the biggest parts of my plan to reform the educational system and it will be the school district's job in order to enforce the set standard.
With a national set standard of rules for the educational system it will make fixing the system much easier because even I know my plan will need some fixing at points of time. It will help alleviate cities and states from having to come up with a standard which is a good thing as well.
One set standard for all kids and teachers will be a whole lot easier on all the people in the USA. For the student moving from one school district to another will be more of a breeze. For the teacher it gives them a focus on what they need to learn in order to teach and to get a teaching certificate. Plus with a national set standard teachers can now be able to teach in any state with no problems.
Now I do not see any reason why to get rid of the credit hour at the college or high school level. It serves a great purpose in defining what a class is, time to complete a class, etc... With a national set standard it will give the credit hour more strength and meaning, which is a good thing.
My national set standard creates a better workforce because we have upgraded the curriculum a student needs to learn. It will give the student better skills at a younger age that the workforce needs which is vital for a proper educational system to have.
If you look at other sections on this webpage like the School Teachers section and High School Student section you will see in detail what I call a real national set standard for a 21st century educational system for a 21st century kid.
My national set standard will take many years to get up and running becuase it is so different and you can't rush it. This is how I think it should be done:
Years 1 through 5:
By year 5 and every year after:
By year 10:
By year 15:
The reason why we do not rush it that the students and the teachers can't handle such a dramatic change all at once, if you take small steps all the teachers and students will be on the same page which is the best thing possible. If everything is running really well the implementation of the national set standard can be moved up, but I could also easily some things that will not get done on time.
What are some of the state high school graduation standards?? I will leave it up to this weblink to really help answer this question:
"State Graduation Requirements" NECO (2002):
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"Florida House votes to make high schoolers choose major" USAToday
& AP (2006) n. pag. Online. Internet. March 24, 2006
"Florida high school students may pick majors" CNN.com & AP (2006) n.
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Week (2006) vol: 28 n: 25 . pag:1,20,22,24. Online. Internet. March
"Pilot program in Valley lets high schoolers select majors" Houston
Chronicle & AP (2006) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 18, 2006
Viadero, Debra "New Approach to Graduation Data Finds Falling
Rates in Most States" Education Week (2006) Vaol: 25 n:18. pag: 8. Online.
Imternet. January 11, 2006
"Robert Warren, John State-Level High School Completion Rates:
Concepts, Measures, and Trends" Education Policy Analysis Archive (2005)
n. pag. Online. Internet. December 23, 2005
Bolten, Kathy A. "Group pushes for statewide education standards" Des
Moines Register (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 16, 2005
Hornbeck, Mark "State may require foreign language" Detroit
n. pag. Online. Internet. December 14, 2005
Janofsky, Michael "Report Says States Aim Low in Science Classes" New
York Times (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 8, 2005
Goss, Paul R. " The State of Science Standards 2005" Thomas
B. Fordham Institute(2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 2005
Olsen, Lynn "Nationwide Standards Eyed Anew" Education
Week (2005) vol: 25 n: 14.
pag: 1, 24. Online. Internet. December 7, 2005
"Foreign language mandate mulled" Lexington Herald-Leader
& AP (2005)
n. pag. online. Internet. October 21, 2005
Burnett, Sara "Panel will eye graduation standards" Rocky
Mountain News (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet.October 5, 2005
Hammond, Betsy "High school's going to get tough" The Oregonian (2005)
n. pag. Online. Internet. September 16, 2005
Teicher, Stacy A. "Everyone is telling teachers what to teach"
Christian Science Monitor (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. September
Brown, Cynthia G. ,
Elena Rocha, and
Amanda Sharkey"Getting Smarter, Becoming Fairer A progressive Education
Agenda for a Stronger Nation" Center For American Progress (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. August 2005
Kossan, Pat , and Chip Scutari"National school plan suggested" Arizona
Republic (2005) n. pag. Online.
Internet. August 23, 2005
Honawar, Vaishali "Report Cites 'Expectations Gap' in High
School Preparation" Education Week (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. December
"The Expectations Gap A 50-State Review Of Highschool Graduation
Achieve.org (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 21, 2004
Feller, Ben "Leave no (new) child behind" Miami Herald & AP (2004)
n. pag. Online. Internet. November 9, 2004
Cavanagh, Sean"NCES to Examine Content Of Algebra 1 Courses" Edweek.com (2004) vol: 24 n: 1 pag: 5 September 1, 2004
Archibald, George"High schoolers lacking in math, science
Times (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. April 29, 2004
"School embraces creative talents" CNN.com & AP (2004) n. pag. Online.
Internet. April 9, 2004
Viadero, Debra "High School Course Loads Tougher, Study Says"
Edweek.com (2004) vol: 23 n:30. pag:12 Online. Internet. April 7, 2004
Perkins, Robert, Brian Kleiner, Stephen Roey, and Janis Brown"The
High School Transcript Study: A Decade of Change in Curricula and Achievement,
1990-2000" NCES.ed.gov (2004) n. pag. Online. Intenet.
March 25, 2004
Galley, Michelle "Georgia Reaches Out to Japan For Math-Curriculum
Model" EDweek.com (2004) vol: 23 n: 27. pag: 13. Online.
Internet. March 17, 2004
Lindelof, Bill "Algebra standard softened" Scromento Bee (2004) n.
pag. Online. Internet. March 12, 2004
Toppo, Greg "Reform causes subject shift" USA Today (2004) n. pag. Online.
Internet. March 9, 2004
Giererich, Steve"Academics Make Case to End Credit Hour" Phillyburbs & AP (2003):
n. pag. Online. Internet. October 30, 2003
"Education Department promotes high school reforms" CNN.com
& AP (2003): n. pag Online. Internet. October 8, 2003
"Report says schools are unfair to America" CNN.com & AP (2003):
n. pag. Online. Internet. September 9, 2003
"Many U.S. Students Aren't Getting
a Strong “Civic Core” of Learning" Shankerinstituit.org (2003):
n. pag, Online. Internet April 25, 2003
"Court: NYC school system failing kids" CNN.com & AP (2003):
n. pag. Online. Internet. June 26, 2003