ERIC Number: ED557628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Reference Count: 6
Aiming High: Setting Performance Standards for Student Success
Phillips, Gary; Garcia, Alicia N.
American Institutes for Research
Content standards, not performance standards, have been almost the sole focus of state policies and recent conversations about academic standards. Without rigorous content and performance standards, we cannot adequately prepare students for the global marketplace. A recent AIR study shows that state performance standards are consistently low and extremely variable across states. Low state standards allow many students to be described as "proficient," when they are not adequately prepared for success beyond high school. To address this issue, this report recommends that states should adopt evidence-based methods for setting standards, such as the benchmark method, to ensure students are prepared to compete in the global marketplace.
Descriptors: Success, State Policy, Academic Standards, State Standards, Evidence, Standard Setting, Benchmarking, Academic Achievement, Program Implementation, Change Strategies, Predictor Variables, Performance, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research