I was looking for an appropriate thread in which to post this but didn't find one where this wouldn't get buried. The are allusions to education problems in the US, particularly with respect to the quality. This is very disturbing in my opinion. Students Ace State Tests, but Earn D's From U.S. By SAM DILLON, November 26, 2005 Between now and 2014 could mean half a generation getting substandard education, assuming the state achieve any satisfactory level of proficiency. This is very worrisome. It would seem that the NCLB has backfired. The states have undermined the intent of the law. I would prefer rigorous standards. There is need for a Federal Standard, because any child in the US should be able to qualify for admission to a university program anywhere in the US. Certainly children in poorer states will suffer if those states fail to provide adequate resources. Full article is at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/26/education/26tests.html (registration required, article is free until Saturday, Dec 3).