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ERIC Number: ED504582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Getting State Standards Right in the Early and Middle Grades
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
SREB states were among the first in the nation to set comprehensive state academic standards for K-12 schools. Setting these initial standards was only part of the job. Getting these standards right and keeping them right may be the most important task facing public education today. If state standards are too low, many public school graduates will not be challenged to develop the knowledge and skills they need to be productive members of the work force. If standards are too high, states will identify too many students as deficient and too many schools as needing improvement--and spread resources thin by trying to remediate them all. With the recent changes in federal law and increased requirements for states to assess student learning more frequently, it is critical to examine the state academic standards that are the basis for these assessments. This report focuses on three key questions that SREB state policy-makers and education leaders should ask: (1) Are more students meeting state academic standards in your state each year?; (2) Are more students meeting NAEP Basic and Proficient levels in your state? and (3) Do your state standards lead to college and career readiness? Appended are: (1) Performance on State Standards in Reading; (2) Performance in Reading at the NAEP Basic Level; (3) Performance on State Standards Compared With NAEP Results in Reading; (4) State Profiles; and (5) 2006 State Assessments for Early and Middle Grades and Categories of Student Performance Reported for No Child Left Behind. (Contains 4 tables.)
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001