ERIC Number: ED412302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Judging Standards in Standards-Based Reform.
Perspective, v8 n1 Sum 1996
In 1995, the Council for Basic Education initiated the Standards for Excellence in Education (SEE) project, a multiyear effort to provide parents, educators, and the general public with better means to use standards to improve public education. This issue of "Perspective" tries to provide a coherent way to think about issues and questions related to standards-based education reform, focusing on developing the standards educators and the public use to identify what students should learn. Content standards criteria are grouped into three broad areas. The first is that content standards should be meaningful. They must capture the major concepts and knowledge that give the subject its coherence, and they must provide guidance to address problems or questions in that subject. A second criterion area is that standards must be legitimate. They must be a justifiable set of expectations that the public and schools are entitled to demand students meet. A final requirement is that standards must contribute to practical reform. They must be clearly understandable and must promote learning and policy formation. Standards-based reform must guide decisions about how well the educational system is doing and what resources, policies, and other changes are needed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Criteria, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Expectation, Learning, Policy Formation, Public Schools, Standards
Council for Basic Education, 1319 F Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.