ERIC Number: ED446173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Standards, Equity and Cultural Diversity.
Lachat, Mary Ann
This document addresses frequently asked questions and issues and promotes greater understanding by administrators, teachers, and parents of the potential benefits of education standards for the rapidly increasing population of students whose first language is not English. The standards movement challenges educators and the public to understand that high standards are as important in education as they are in other professions. Standards define what is essential for successful performance and encourage people to strive for the best. Setting high standards for all students means that the quality of education offered the best and the brightest should be the quality of education available to all. However, varied and innovative instructional strategies will be essential to enable students with diverse needs and varying levels of English proficiency to learn at high levels. To effect these strategies, the United States will need highly skilled teachers who can offer a range of learning opportunities that connect to different learning styles, some of which may be culturally based, and also provide the necessary accommodations and supports that enhance student learning. Initial test scores are an important foundation for identifying where current curriculum and practices do not promote high standards of learning for all students, and where curriculum improvement and staff development are necessary if equity in learning is to be achieved. Three appendixes contain tools to assist educators in implementing policy, practice, and professional development: a discussion of professional development to support standards, a discussion of assessment that supports standards based learning, and guidelines for determining the appropriateness of performance assessments for students from diverse backgrounds. (Contains 3 figures and 43 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Limited English Speaking, Standards, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.lab.brown.edu/public/pubs/standards/StEqDiv.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.