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States team up on new academic standards


WASHINGTON (AP)-- Governors and state education leaders are proposing a new set of standards to define what should be taught in the nation's public schools.

The Washington Post reports that the new benchmarks are to be announced Wednesday.  The new goals would cover English and math from kindergarten through high school.  They are meant to replace standards that vary widely from state to state.

The proposal was drawn up by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.  It's intended to address President Barack Obama's call for higher academic achievement, but the administration was not involved in its creation.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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