ERIC Number: ED439133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
The State of State Standards, 2000: English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Science.
Finn, Chester E., Jr., Ed.; Petrilli, Michael J., Ed.
In 1998, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation reviewed state academic standards in English language arts/reading, history, geography, mathematics, and science--the five essential subjects identified at the 1998 "education summit." Because many states have changed their standards in the past 2 years, the Foundation has evaluated them again. The news is good, but only modestly so. In every subject, the hypothetical "average" state made a mild improvement in the quality of its academic standards, and the number of states earning "honors" grades (A's or B's) rose. The 1998 average grade was a D+, but the 2000 average is a C-. State standards are becoming more specific and measurable, and content is making a comeback as a focus. States are also becoming less enamored of national standards promoted by professional organizations. Only five states, four of them in the South, combine solid standards with strong accountability. Thirty states display a combination of mediocre to awful (or no) standards and weak accountability, and 12 states rest their high-stakes accountability systems on mediocre or inferior standards. Twenty-one states cannot claim to embrace standards-based reform. A report for all states summarizes each state's standards. The first five appendixes are reviews of the five subject areas. Three other appendixes discuss state documents and school-based accountability and list the report's contributors. (Contains 23 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Core Curriculum, Criteria, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Sciences, State Programs, State Standards, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: With reviews by Sandra Stotsky, David Warren Saxe, Susan Munroe and Terry Smith, Ralph A. Raimi and Lawrence S. Braden, Lawrence S. Lerner. For the 1998 report, see ED 423 267.