ERIC Number: ED400588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
A Business Leader's Guide to Setting Academic Standards.
Business Roundtable, Washington, DC.
What should students learn in school, and how well must they learn it? This question is the subject of intense discussion as states around the nation begin establishing high standards for student performance. In many states, educators and policymakers are turning to the business community for input on developing standards. This guide offers suggestions for business leaders who want to get involved in developing and setting educational standards in their states and communities. The guide describes six options for business involvement in establishing high academic standards; explains important terms and debates in standard-setting, as well as examples of standards; provides a historical overview of the standards movement; discusses the political issues involved; and offers examples in the form of mini-case studies of various standards from around the United States. The conclusion offers tips, drawn from the experiences of business leaders, for developing standards. The key to productive involvement is for business executives to decide how they can most effectively contribute to the standards-setting process and then determine what kinds of standards will work best in their states and communities. The report also contains lists of resources, contact information, and criteria for judging standards. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Business Responsibility, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Leadership Responsibility, Performance, School Business Relationship, Standard Setting, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Business Roundtable, Washington, DC.