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    for efforts to provide common educational standards throughout the country:

    It is also good to have these skills fairly uniform across all schools so a child who transfers when their family moves isn't blindsided.
    Until I began to read about education reform in the United States I was unaware that American children move much more often than children in other countries, especially lower income children, for whatever reason. And this has contributed to the Achievement Gap between high income and low income children in the United States.

    Not only are standards different from state to state, from district to district, and from city to city in the United States, but even within a district, even within a particular school, standards vary so much that a child can lose a considerable amount of progress by transferring to a new class, or can be blindsided, as you say, by coming from a district that has very low standards compared to the new classroom.

    This disparity of expectation and accomplishment from school to school is one of the reasons reform advocates often respect the thinking of theorists like E.D. Hirsch, who has written the series, "What Your 5th Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education."

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