ERIC Number: ED387917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Debating the Future of American Education: Do We Need National Standards and Assessments?
Ravitch, Diane, Ed.
On May 18, 1994, a groups of scholars, policymakers, educators, and interested observers met at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., to analyze a relatively new phenomenon in American education--national standards and assessments. The discussion took place a few weeks after Congress enacted Goals 2000: Educate America Act, the Clinton Administration's program to create state and national education standards. This book presents essays derived from the symposium--a variety of viewpoints that debate the utility and equity of setting standards and increasing the use of tests for students, teachers, and schools. Following the preface and introduction by Diane Ravitch, the contents include: (1) "Education Reform in America's Public Schools: The Clinton Agenda" (Marshall S. Smith); (2) "Will National Standards and Assessments Make a Difference?" (Theodore R. Sizer); (3) "The Uses and Misuses of Opportunity-To-Learn Standards" (Andrew C. Porter); (4) "Explaining Standards to the Public" (Roy Romer); (5) "Holding onto Norms in a Sea of Criteria" (Donald M. Stewart); (6) "Standards for Education" (Lauren B. Resnick and Katherine J. Nolan); (7) "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Test?" (Chester E. Finn, Jr.); (8) "The Case for High Stakes and Real Consequences" (Albert Shanker); and (9) "Sometimes a Cigar Is Only a Cigar, and Often a Test Is Only a Test" (Daniel M. Koretz). Two summaries of general discussion are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, National Competency Tests, National Standards, Student Evaluation, Test Norms
Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.
Note: Report of a conference sponsored by the Crown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution.