Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly.
“We never include diversity into our notion of quality,” said Andre Perry of Loyola University. “When you don’t measure diversity, you don’t get diversity.”
In 2010, St. Paul joined the list of cities trying to lessen poverty through education with its “Promise Neighborhood.”
In his victory speech, Obama promised to expand “access to the best schools and best teachers,” and spoke about hope for America’s future, particularly for children.