By signing on to national standards and the assessments that will accompany them, participating states have ceded their autonomy to design and oversee the implementation of their own standards and tests. The implications of ceding this autonomy are varied. Not only do some states risk sacrificing high quality standards for national standards that may be less rigorous, but all states are sacrificing their ability to inform what students learn.
About Robert Scott
The Honorable Robert Scott is currently a Principal at the Texas Star Alliance. He served as the Texas Commissioner of Education from 2007 until 2012 and was confirmed unanimously by the Texas Senate in 2009 and 2011. As Commissioner, he served as the head of the Texas Education Agency, which oversees the state’s 1200 school districts and charter schools. Prior to becoming Commissioner of Education, he served twice as interim Commissioner in 2003 and 2007 and served as Chief Deputy Commissioner from 2004 until 2007. He has also served as an assistant to two previous Commissioners of Education and as a legislative advisor to the Texas State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.