ERIC Number: ED445386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Do We Have the Cart before the Horses? Special Report on Standards, Assessment, Accountability, and Interventions. Report #1, Spring 1999.
Duttweiler, Patricia Cloud; McEvoy, Undine
This report provides a brief overview of efforts to establish standards, assess those standards, hold schools and students accountable for meeting the standards, and provide interventions to students who do not meet the standards. It argues that holding students accountable for passing standards' assessments is premature, that teachers should be trained to teach new standards-based curricula, and that interventions should be in place to help students who fail the assessments of the standards. The report suggests that standards-based reform is doomed to failure unless states place the horses before the cart. States should use their newly established, more rigorous standards to develop interventions when the standards are not met. The following sections of the report are a synthesis of articles from newspapers, sources found on the world wide web, and other resources that address the prevalent issues of the standards-based reform movement. (Contains 63 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Note: For Report No. 2, see EA 030 519; for Report No. 3, see EA 030 454.