ERIC Number: ED470671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Advancing Standards: A National Call for Midcourse Corrections and Next Steps.
McKeon, Denise; Dianda, Marcella; McLaren, Ann
To fulfill the promise of standards-based education, vigilance is required to correct some of the missteps and deviations from the original vision of reform that fueled the move toward standards-based education. In this document, the National Education Association (NEA) provides concrete recommendations and strategies designed to remedy missteps in the implementation of standards-based education. The three most serious threats are determined to be inadequate accountability systems, incomplete alignment of the constituent elements of standards-based education, and unsatisfactory equity safeguards. Strategies are suggested to make midcourse corrections in each of these areas. NEA members have a big role to play in the midcourse corrections, and NEA affiliates have a major role as well. The NEA calls for a series of local, state, and national conversations to begin using the recommendations and strategies in this report as a starting point for corrections. An audit tool, published separately, has been prepared to evaluate the implementation of standards-based education and to use in conversations about standards-based education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education
National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3290. Tel: 202-822-7350; Web site: http://www.nea.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For the related audit tool, see TM 034 571.