ERIC Number: ED350676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Visions and Standards To Support Them. Restructuring the Education System.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Vision is a critical piece of the educational reform puzzle that anchors and gives meaning to the whole. America's current vision for education promotes universal education access, factory-model organization approach, learning as a passive activity, raw ability as a performance determinant, and a basic skills emphasis for average students. Except for commitment to universal access, this vision is outdated and reflects neither present-day demands nor current learning research. A new vision might stress the importance of universal access (reinforced by equity and excellence) and seek to reorganize schools and classrooms around student needs, encourage active student participation in their learning, provide enough time and opportunity for all students to master a challenging curriculum, and help all students use their minds well and become lifelong learners. A vision should focus on desired outcomes, be inspirational, and reflect the values and beliefs that bind a community together. Standards translate a broad vision into statements of desired performance outcomes that encourage all students to learn at higher levels and provide benchmarks for assessing student performance and reform effectiveness. High standards keyed to world-class performance levels are necessary to protect the nation's economic health and competitiveness. Standards must allow flexibility, consider local needs, and encourage creativity. Advice and examples are provided for establishing and adopting standards. (MLH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, General Education, Institutional Mission, Lifelong Learning, Standards, Vision
Distribution Center, Education Commission of the States, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Order No. SI-92-3: $4 plus $2.50 postage and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.