ERIC Number: ED366613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Promises To Keep: Creating High Standards for American Students. Report on the Review of Education Standards from the Goals 3 and 4 Technical Planning Group to the National Education Goals Panel.
Wurtz, Emily; And Others
In support of the National Education Goals of 1990, the Goals Panel convened a Technical Planning Group to offer background guidance for the National Council on Education and Standards in its task of establishing world-class academic standards for the United States. Recommendations of the Planning Group consider two types of content standards: national subject-specific content standards and state content standards. The Group recommends that certification of content standards be provisional until associated performance standards are developed. Review criteria for content standards include ensuring that they are: (1) of world-class standards; (2) important and focused; (3) useful; (4) reflective of broad consensus building; (5) balanced; (6) accurate and sound; (7) clear and usable; (8) assessable; (9) adaptable; and (10) developmentally appropriate. State content standards should be as rigorous as national subject-specific standards, feasible, cumulatively adequate for student needs, encouraging of the ability to integrate and apply knowledge, and reflective of broad consensus. While all that is needed to develop high standards is not yet known, high standards themselves are a critical first step. Five appendices contain supplemental information about the Planning Group, background documents about standard setting in other countries, and initial efforts in the United States. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Standards, Certification, Child Development, Criteria, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Potential, National Standards, Performance Based Assessment, Standard Setting, State Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.