ERIC Number: ED468333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Standards-Based Education. No Child Left Behind Issue Brief.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Standards-based reform relies on the premise that every student can reach higher levels of achievement if certain criteria are met. This brief, for policymakers, provides a short history of educational standards, an explanation of how standards-based reform works, and ways to align standards with other key policies to create meaningful reform. Standards are based on seven principles: (1) challenging standards apply to all students; (2) standards are clear, tangible, and widely communicated; (3) success is based on adequate time and student effort; (4) a variety of instructional strategies is used; (5) curriculum, assessments, and instruction align with content standards; (6) a variety of assessment tools is used; and (7) multiple levels of academic achievement are established. When these principles are applied, the evidence suggests that student learning will improve. Yet standards alone cannot raise student achievement. They need the support of other key policies on curriculum, assessment, teacher education, professional development, finances, and accountability. This brief is one in a series of ECS reports examining the impact of the No Child Left Behind education act on state policy and policymaking. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Curriculum Based Assessment, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Faculty Development, State Standards
Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 1200, Denver CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3600; Fax: 303-296-8332; Web site: http://www.ecs.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001