CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
"Standards-based reform" has to do with setting benchmarks for
academic achievement. The Education Commission of the States suggests
(third entry below) that "the standards-based approach constitutes
the primary reform strategy of most states and districts" but that
its potential for improving student achievement and school quality
depends on an accompanying redesign and alignment of the components
of the education system such as curriculum, assessment, accountability,
teacher education, and resource allocation, to fit the standards.
Education Week on the Web notes there is debate "over how to implement
such standards - how prescriptive they should be, and whether they
should be national or local, voluntary or mandated" (glossary).
The Draft Master Plan proposes that districts should have input
standards in the form of guidelines and minimum requirements, as
well as outcome standards. The aim is to provide districts with
flexibility in devising spending priorities, while protecting
students by establishing minimum requirements.
Standards are related to many of the topics in the Master Plan; the links below lead to pages on this site that give more information in selected areas.
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