According to the Education Commission of the States recent publication, Bridging the Gap (http://www.ecs.org/ecs/219e.htm), "polling data show that an overwhelming 87% of American favor setting higher standards in the basic subjects and holding students accountable for reaching them." During the past decade, various educational associations have been busy defining the standards in their fields. Recently, the federal government has begun to turn towards national standards with voluntary adoption at the local level:
Whatever your position on national education policy, the resources provided by these standards can be useful is deciding what your local standards will be. Below is a list of the standards resources available with links to their sites and contact information.
|The Third International Math and Science Survey|
|The Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development and the Aurora, Colorado-based
Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory have issued
a technical guide for educators on setting high
standards, Designing Standards-Based Districts,
Schools, and Classrooms.
The 293-page paperback gives background on the academic-standards movement, advises how to go about writing benchmarks, and discusses assessing students on standards and benchmarks, as well as holding schools and students accountable for progress. One of the several appendices lists the digested subject-area standards the lab has compiled.
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1453
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|The Mid-West Regional Educational
Laboratory Standards section
Offers numerous resources on standards development.
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