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ERIC Number: ED387867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 91
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-942469-08-9
Improving Education through Standards-Based Reform. A Report by the National Academy of Education Panel on Standards-Based Education Reform.
McLaughlin, Milbrey W.; Shepard, Lorrie A.
Standards-based reform calls for the setting of challenging standards in academic subject areas as an important means of improving student achievement. In 1994, Congress passed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, which enacted the education goals into law and provided resources for the development of standards and assessments. This report offers recommendations for the implementation of standards-based reform and outlines possible consequences for policy changes. It summarizes both the vision and intentions of standards-based reform and the arguments of its critics. Recommendations regarding the following elements in a system of standards and assessments are offered: content standards, performance standards, opportunity-to-learn standards, and assessments. The report advocates a cautious, "learn-as-you-go" approach to implementing standards-based education reform. Suggestions include: (1) conduct ongoing research on standards-based education; (2) establish a national or quasi-national organization to inform standards-based efforts across disciplines and states; and (3) address systemic inequities. A glossary of terms is included. (LMI)
National Academy of Education, Stanford University, CERAS Building, Room 108, Stanford, CA 94305-3084.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Education, Stanford, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A