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  • Requirements that need to be met in order to achieve a prescribed level of excellence. Initially, standards-based education evolved in the early 1990s over concerns that American elementary and secondary students were not receiving an education that would prepare them to compete in a global economy, along with the realization that there were profound academic achievement gaps between minority and nonminority students. With the passage of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation in 2001, schools were challenged to state clearly measurable academic goals and to implement educational strategies to ensure that all students reached those goals. Schools responded by aligning curriculum, assessments, and professional development with their educational standards.

    States were free to choose the educational strategies they deemed the most appropriate to help the ...

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