Under No Child Left Behind, all children must be proficient in reading and math by 2014. But there has never been a promise of consistency (read post ).
Such discrepancies are not uncommon. Students from all over the country performed worse on a tough federal test than they did on state exams in reading and math -- raising questions about whether states are setting lower standards.
States define what "proficient" means, and their expectations for students, tests and passing scores vary widely. States have a huge stake in the scores on their own exams, because they determine whether schools make enough progress to avoid federal penalties.
I have read the framework and posted it on this blog in May 2005 with questions that are still not answered (http://qualityg.blogspot.com/2005/08/education-qualityg-responds-81205.html).
Free Conference - Preview "several" drafts of Framework.
Cost Conference - Hands on information and tools to understand and use Framework.