How do you compare a child who lives in the Y-K delta and speaks Y’upik (as a primary language) to a ghetto rat from Liberty City FL? Short answer - you can't. Period. Dot.
There is no National Education Standard that can be written that can cover such a vast differences in culture, ethnicity and regional (dialect, associations, etc, etc) - it's pipe dream of control freaks.
National literacy standards, yes. Minimum math skills, maybe. There is no universal solvent.
What they want is the control itself.
They are control freaks. And they are getting what they want.
I agree with Governor Palin on this.