ERIC Number: ED445088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Standards for All: New York State's Educational Performance Gap and Necessary Reforms.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
The focus on raising standards reflects a national trend in which New York State is considered a leader. The new requirements adopted by the State Board of Regents have generally been supported by business leaders and all major educational policy advocacy groups. There are positive signs that achievement is improving, but there is a performance gap between current levels of achievement and what will be required under the new standards. This gap, which is felt in almost every school district, is most severe in lower-wealth and urban districts. The new standards highlight both the disparities and the need to ensure that children in all schools have the support necessary to help them meet the new requirements. Raising standards is a first step to addressing the performance gap, but school finance reform is also necessary. A variety of other policies will also have to be pursued to address the performance gap, but efforts in all areas will be jeopardized if action is not taken to reform New York State's school finance system, especially the fundamental financial inequities that result in lower salaries for teachers in many of the neediest districts. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, State Programs, State Standards
Office of the State Comptroller, Public Information Office, Governor Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12236. Tel: 518-474-4015; Web site: www.osc.state.ny.us.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York