ERIC Number: ED450137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Standards, Assessments--and What Else? The Essential Elements of Standards-Based School Improvement. CSE Technical Report.
Briars, Diane J.; Resnick, Lauren B.
The effects of a nearly complete standards-based system in mathematics were evaluated. The Pittsburgh Public School system, Pennsylvania, has adopted a standards-based system that has been largely put into place between 1992 and 1998. The program includes content and performance standards, standards-based assessments, standards-based instructional materials, and standards-based professional development for teachers and administrators. Data on elementary school mathematics assessments from 1995-1996 through 1997-1998 were used to explore the effects of the implementation of this system. The New Standards Reference Examination and the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills were used to assess mathematics achievement. Taken as a whole, the standards-based policy has produced an overall rise in mathematics achievement in the school district. The most dramatic increases were achieved by the 1998 cohort of fourth graders, the first group to experience the standards-based program from kindergarten through first grade. Program implementation varied throughout the schools, but strong implementation was associated with an increase in measured achievement. Some barriers to program implementation are discussed. (Contains 8 figures, 3 tables, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Professional Development, Student Evaluation
National Center for Research on Evaluation, CRESST/CSE, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522. Tel: 310-206-1532.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.; Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.