The Public Interest

The courts vs. educational standards

Michael Heise

Summer 1995

FEW aspects of the current school-reform effort rival the prominence accorded to educational standards. The federal government’s most comprehensive and far-reaching reform project, Goals 2000, underscores educational standards’ key role in a nationwide effort to improve student achievement. Whether the development of educational standards will do so is, as of yet, unclear. It is clear, however, that standards will serve as a catalyst for the next generation of educational litigation.

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