Baltimore (AP) -- Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and 44 other states have agreed to adopt common national standards for what students should learn in reading and math from kindergarten through high school.
The agreement announced Monday signals a shift away from local control over curriculum to national standards and national tests.
In Maryland, state schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick says a national test developed by the participating states will eventually replace state tests given to elementary and middle-school students. Maryland's high school assessment tests will stay in place for now.
Grasmick says the movement was born out of reports that show American students are falling behind children in other countries.
West Virginia and Delaware also are among the participating states.
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