ERIC Number: ED435140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Developing and Implementing Academic Standards: A Template for Legislative and Policy Reform.
Izumi, Lance T.
This template is part of a series that recommends best practices and highlights problems that arise when policy deviates from these best practices. The booklet defines and outlines the critical components of a successful academic standards system using examples of good and bad standards to illustrate key points. The template addresses such questions as: What are the ingredients for rigorous academic standards? How do we measure compliance with standards? and How do performance standards differ from academic content standards? It offers analyses, discussion, and recommendations in four areas: tests aligned to the standards; categorization of student achievement through performance standards; implementation and accountability systems to guarantee that the standards become a reality in the classroom; and communications strategies to disseminate information about the standards to parents, teachers, and local school officials. The template is divided into four sections: (1) academic content standards; (2) the assessment system; (3) performance standards; and (4) implementation/accountability strategies. The object of the template is to offer policymakers practical advice and recommendations for constructing and implementing the best standards possible. It outlines the components of good academic content standards, such as rigor, intelligibility, and balance, and it reminds policymakers to consider such issues as depth versus breadth, time and cost of scoring, and standardization. Contains a summary fact sheet. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment, School Effectiveness, School Policy
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Research Inst. for Public Policy, San Francisco, CA.