ERIC Number: ED412719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Opening the Door to Educational Reform: Understanding Standards.
Elliott, Judith L.; Thurlow, Martha L.
This document discusses educational reform and the implications of educational standards on students with disabilities. Topics addressed include: (1) common educational reforms; (2) new laws promoting education reform; (3) how today's reforms fit with special education; (4) the different types of standards, including content standards and performance standards; (5) standard-setting groups; and (6) issues that arise from setting standards, including how much content should be in the standards and how challenging is challenging. Issues specific to students with disabilities are highlighted, including whether students with individualized education programs (IEPs) should be exempt from meeting standards, whether there should be only one set of standards or different sets, and whether parents should be involved in making decisions about standards for students on IEPs. The merits and limitations of IEP-based standards and other different sets of standards are also identified. Recommendations are presented for enabling students with disabilities to gain maximum benefit from content and performance standards. The document closes with questions and issues that need to be addressed at the state and local level to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in educational reform efforts. (Contains 26 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation
Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER) Project, The Federation for Children with Special Needs, 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 104, Boston, MA 02116; telephone: 617-482-2915; fax: 617-695-2939 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Federation for Children with Special Needs, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994