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ERIC Number: ED350132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Where We Are, Where We Are Going, and How We Will Get There: North York's Benchmarks Process.
Stiegelbauer, Suzanne; Lacey, Veronica
This paper describes the organization, design, and adaptations of the North York's Benchmarks Project (Ontario, Canada). This project began in response to the interests and innovations of several schools within a large school board. Then the project moved to the regional and whole-board level, implemented as a top-down strategy. The term "benchmarks" refers to a measure that represents student learning outcomes at a particular point in time relative to program objectives. The benchmark serves as a point of reference against which future measures of student learning outcomes may be compared to monitor the extent of growth. The project was also intended to support teacher growth and to develop the subject area of focus. Organizational changes occurred as the project grew, including the following: (1) a key staff appointment was made in the board of education; (2) a supervisory officer was appointed to oversee development of the project; and (3) the project became a top priority for the school board. Teacher response to the project at the early stage was negative, reflecting anxiety about the standardized tests. The problem was resolved as the project went on and the teachers became experienced with the process. The top-down directive also acted to change teachers' behavior, as it indicated that teachers had to use the tests, regardless of their attitudes. The issue of teacher information and support needs to be addressed if the project is to continue to meet its objectives. Question and answer sheets describing the Benchmarks Project are included. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North York Board of Education ON
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 3-7, 1992).