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PART B--NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS AND IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL

SEC. 211. PURPOSE.

It is the purpose of this part to establish a mechanism to--
(1) certify and periodically review voluntary national content standards and voluntary national student performance standards that define what all students should know and be able to do;
(2) certify State content standards and State student performance standards submitted by States on a voluntary basis, if such standards are comparable or higher in rigor and quality to the voluntary national content standards and voluntary national student performance standards certified by the National Education Standards and Improvement Council;
(3) certify and periodically review voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards that describe the conditions of teaching and learning necessary for all students to have a fair opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills described in the voluntary national content standards and the voluntary national student performance standards certified by the National Education Standards and Improvement Council;
(4) certify opportunity-to-learn standards submitted by States on a voluntary basis, if such standards are comparable or higher in rigor and quality to the voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards certified by the National Education Standards and Improvement Council; and
(5) certify State assessments submitted by States or groups of States on a voluntary basis, if such assessments--
(A) are aligned with and support State content standards certified by such Council; and
(B) are valid, reliable, and consistent with relevant, nationally recognized, professional and technical standards for assessment when used for their intended purposes.

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SEC. 207. EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT. Table of Contents SEC. 212. NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS AND IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL.