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However, Gary Phillips, a vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research (and former acting commissioner of NCES), explained Wednesday in a media call about the release that the standards still varied greatly— by up to three or four grade levels. “The rigor of the grade 4 [proficiency] standards in the highest achieving states may be comparable to the rigor of the 8th grade standards in the lowest achieving states,” he said.

Source: Prior to Common-Core Tests, Some States Raised the Bar for ‘Proficiency’ – Curriculum Matters – Education Week


Wow, this shows how important consistent high standards (and great teachers) are, just imagine a parent’s shock if they moved from a low standard to a high standard state- a child that was ranked proficient  would now be ranked as 4 grades below proficient.