Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — December 5, 1999

New Report Asks and Answers Questions
About New York's New Academic Standards

ALBANY—A new report by The Public Policy Institute of New York State (PPI) argues that New York's tough new academic standards are important to both students and employers, and should be neither relaxed nor delayed.

The report, which comes amid mounting public pressure to relax and/or postpone the standards, is entitled Straight Talk About Higher Standards.

Presented in question-and-answer format, Straight Talk About Higher Standards recounts how policymakers concluded that tougher standards are necessary, describes how they are being phased in, and gives examples of knowledge and skills students will need to meet the new standards. Straight Talk About Higher Standards also:

The full report can be found at www.ppinys.org/reports/educ_qa.htm.