ERIC Number: ED382693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
From Crisis to Consensus. Setting Standards in Chicago.
Perspective, v7 n1 Fall 1994
In 1993 the Council for Basic Education assisted in the drafting of academic standards for the students of the Chicago (Illinois) Public Schools. The results of this project, the Chicago Learning Outcomes, are now the official basis for designing new curricula, citywide assessments, and professional development throughout the district. The Chicago effort was distinguished from other standard-setting movements in its open collaboration between the central office and the teachers' union and its reliance on the input of the local education councils. Discipline-based national standards provided the starting point for the Chicago standards, but the responsibility for drafting was in the hands of practicing classroom teachers. The drafting process involved 30 practicing teachers in teams corresponding to 6 subject areas. In spite of the complications of teacher contract negotiation, the standards were eventually announced in February 1994. The reality of transforming over 500 schools to meet the new standards is the ongoing effort of the Chicago schools. Sample learning outcomes standards are presented for social sciences and biological and physical sciences for grades 4, 8, and 11. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Inner City, Outcomes of Education, Participative Decision Making, Physical Sciences, Secondary School Teachers, Social Sciences, Standard Setting, Standards, Teacher Participation, Urban Schools
Council for Basic Education, 1319 F Street, N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.