ERIC Number: ED410660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Making Standards Matter, 1996: An Annual Fifty-State Report on Efforts To Raise Academic Standards.
The quality of the academic standards in America's public schools is one of the pressing issues on the minds of parents and the public. This document, the second annual report by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), examines how many states are committed to setting common academic standards and analyzes the quality of the standards against AFT criteria. It also reports on states' intentions to assess whether students are meeting the standards, to provide extra academic help to students who are not meeting the standards, and to attach meaningful consequences to the standards. Findings are based on interviews with officials and analysis of documents from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Section 1 describes the AFT criteria for judging state reforms. Section 2 presents national figures regarding the quality of state standards, the work under way on assessments, and the plans for student incentives linked to the standards. Charts with state-by-state data on major issues described in section 1 are included. Section 3 offers recommendations to states for ensuring successful reforms. The fourth section elaborates on findings for each state and contains a state-by-state analysis. The final section contains official responses to the report received from 22 states. Some major findings are: (1) The commitment to standards-based reform remains very strong in the states--48 states are developing common academic standards for their students; (2) states view the core disciplines as the proper organizing vehicle for academic standards, but vague language and insufficient grounding in content remains a problem; and (3) more states recognize the need for internationally competitive standards, but few have taken steps to develop them or have done a thorough job. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Curriculum Design, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Public Schools, State Action, State Standards, Student Evaluation
American Federation of Teachers, Order Dept., 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 ($10 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.