ERIC Number: ED414366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Challenge of Change. Standards To Make Education Work for All Our Children.
National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Business Coalition for Education Reform.
Education standards are of crucial importance to American business leaders. The successful corporation of the 21st century will require large numbers of continuously educated, highly skilled workers. Education standards must encourage the kind of productive work habits and sense of self-responsibility in school that will be required on the job and in life. The Business Task Force on Student Standards has developed the following principles to guide the standard-setting process: (1) all students should be given the opportunity to master challenging academic subject matter calibrated against world-class education standards; (2) there must be one set of standards for all students; (3) standards must have a common core of skills; (4) standards must reflect "real-world" requirements; (5) standards must be voluntary; (6) standards must be dynamic; (7) standards must include criteria against which performance is measured; (8) business leaders must participate in standards development; and (9) standards and performance measures must be understood and supported by parents and the general public. The government, educators, business, and the public must contribute to the development of standards and to helping all students achieve those standards. The business community is prepared to participate actively in these efforts. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Criteria, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Qualifications, School Business Relationship, Standard Setting, Standards
National Alliance of Business, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.bcer
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Business Coalition for Education Reform.
Note: This booklet is part of the "Standards Mean Business" Leadership Kit developed by the Business Coalition for Education Reform, which includes tools to help business leaders assist communities in education reform. For related documents, see UD 032 028 and UD 032 029.