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ERIC Number: ED409657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 15
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Soon To Become Reality: High Standards for All Students.
Gervais, Donna; Baker, Mona
In May 1997, the Maine Legislature passed a comprehensive document that delineated expected educational outcomes for students, known as the Learning Results. This paper describes the components and philosophy of Maine's standards-development process. The Learning Results are based on Peter Senge's system model, which asserts that adoption of a new method necessitates a change in the infrastructure. Because each student is recognized as an individual system, a collaborative team structure is used to meet each student's needs and develop a personalized learning plan. The paper explains how individual student profiles are mapped and personal learning plans developed. It also outlines objectives for the student-centered system of 2002 and the expectations for the student, educator, community, and the state. For each local system to move forward, one essential question must be answered: How can the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that moves students toward achievement of the Learning Results also ensure that all students are provided fair opportunities to achieve those results? The answer lies in building on Senge's systems thinking in which each student is recognized as an individual system, and by using a collaborative team structure for planning. Using these concepts, each student's needs can be delineated in a way that will guide the design of the classroom, school, and system environments to ensure fair opportunities to learn. Five figures and a sample student profile are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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