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Hot websites Teaching Pre K - 8; Norwalk; Nov/Dec 2002; Linda Lindroth
Abstract: Lindroth describes several Web sites that focus on standards and achievement and that can assist teachers in deciphering the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Web site edstandards.org/standards.html categorizes links to state and national standards by subject area and by state. The Web site www.archive.org is a comprehensive database of research and information on academic standards.

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Linda Lindroth is a K-5 Technology Teacher, a Teaching Editor and Website Coordinator for Teaching K-8. E-mail: Linda@TeachingK-8.com

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