ERIC Number: ED363961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunity To Learn. Brief No. 7.
This publication describes issues in the policy debate about opportunity-to-learn (OTL) standards. OTL standards are designed to represent what schools and teachers should do if the new curriculum and achievement standards, as outlined by National Education Goal 3, are to be met. Goal 3 calls for competency in challenging subject matter for all students. Three possible uses of OTL standards are identified: (1) to serve as a basis for school-by-school accountability; (2) to provide an indicator system; and (3) to present a clearer vision of challenging curriculum content and pedagogy. The use of OTL indicators is illustrated through examples of monitoring curriculum reform in high school mathematics and science. In conclusion, OTL standards may be a two-edged sword. On one hand, they can provide a vision for curriculum content and instructional practices. On the other, the standards can be used as evaluative criteria that control and alienate teachers. (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000