As states relocate to implement the normal Core State Standards, key challenges remain. Some may be the steps to making sure a top school diploma acknowledges what students have achieved. Should states adopt a two-tiered diploma, in which students who pass internationally aligned Common Core exams in the career- and college-ready level get an “academic” diploma, while students who are not able to meet that bar get a “basic” diploma? Yes, say three prominent thinkers who’ve long wrestled with questions of standards, testing, equity, and excellence. Chester E. Finn, Jr., is distinguished senior fellow for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Richard D. Kahlenberg is author from the definitive autobiography of Albert Shanker, and Sandy Kress advised President George W. Bush around the No Child Put aside Act.

? Chester E. Finn, Jr.: Different Kids need Different Credentials

? Richard D. Kahlenberg: Hold Students Accountable and Support Them

? Sandy Kress: Diplomas Must Recognize College and Career Readiness