Argument: Education standards between states are inconsistent under NCLB
"In Need of Improvement: NCLB and High Schools". Alliance for Excellent Education. June 2007 - Funding aside, the goal of identifying low-performing schools and closing achievement gaps is severely undermined at the high school level. Measures of student proficiency are based on inconsistent and low state standards and often measure basic math and reading skills, not the students’ levels of preparation for college and the workforce. The law does not require graduation rates to be calculated consistently, nor does it require schools to improve the graduation rates of student subgroups.