ERIC Number: ED412243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Perspectives on Standard Setting from a Policy Makers Point of View.
Spagnolo, Joseph A.
A state superintendent of education discusses standards from the point of view of a policymaker, acknowledging both educational and political elements. The objective for the policymaker is to take the work of researchers and educational theorists and make it something that practitioners and ultimately the public can understand. The first thing is to avoid the esoteric so that public support can be built. Second, the policymaker needs to make sure that the standards are simply and clearly stated. A third recommendation for the standard setting process is to turn the responsibility for solving difficult problems over to the people who actually are closest to the problem. Involving those who are most likely to oppose proposed standards is, in the long run, the practical thing to do. The experience of Illinois shows the importance of stakeholder involvement. Quality assurance, the place of educational technology, and the uses of assessment are considerations the person responsible for implementing standards cannot ignore. In the final analysis, nothing can be accomplished without the resources to change approaches to teaching and learning. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Research Utilization, Stakeholders, Standard Setting, Standards, State Programs, Superintendents, Test Use, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois