ERIC Number: ED430275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Academic Standards. Standards for Excellence in Education.
This guide is intended to help parents understand standards and the reasoning behind the standards movement. The booklet is part of the "Council for Basic Education Standards for Excellence in Education" project, a multiyear effort to provide parents, educators, and the general public with a better understanding of how standards are used to evaluate and improve schooling in the United States. It examines the role of standards in the schools and why standards are important. The document emphasizes the importance of parents learning what standards are taught in their schools and becoming involved in evaluating and implementing such standards. Parent involvement is presented as a crucial element in student achievement; once parents begin to understand the world of standards and feel more comfortable navigating it, they will push for even higher standards. The document stresses the need to provide opportunities for students to learn and to ensure that the learning environment is conducive to learning and that teachers are well-prepared and fully qualified for the job. It states that standards provide parents a point of entry into an often confusing school system and that standards derive their strength from their specificity and applicability. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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.
Note: In: Standards for Excellence. [Multimedia Kit]., see EA 029 788.