ERIC Number: ED414309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-16
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Education Standards High Enough.
Each state is going to set its own education standards, but unless state leaders talk to each other, there are going to be huge unexplained differences in state performance standards for student achievement. What states say they want their students to be taught is quite similar, but they appear to have very different standards for what students should learn. States that have performance standards for student achievement report a bewildering range of results. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a national testing program at grades 4, 8, and 12, suggest that the standards of some states and those of the NAEP are so different as to make comparisons extremely difficult or impossible. Some states, notably Kentucky, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, and New Hampshire, have set high standards for their students. Few states, however, have been willing to have both high standards and high stakes examinations, International results on student achievement can tell the nation and the individual states a lot of knowledge about how high standards really are, and this information will be available when the Third International Mathematics and Science Study releases its data. State representatives need to examine these data and then get together to clarify the range of standards and expectations for learning. (Contains two tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study