This is the one in a series of newsletters intended to help school, district, and state leaders explore key topics in educational improvement. Each issue will focus on a critical school reform element, will describe current thinking and activities, and will offer sources of additional information. The newsletters will share ideas with educators and parents nationwide on how communities and states are improving their schools and how federal programs and initiatives can help.|
This issue of Improving America's Schools provides an overview of the variety of standards-setting activities occurring in elementary and secondary education in this country. The issue describes: (1) prevailing definitions of the concept of standards; (2) the processes some states are using to develop their own content and student performance standards; (3) the legislative requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1994; (4) examples of state and local content standards; and (5) an overview of the activities in two subject areas to raise expectations and standards.
Leslie Anderson, Leila Fiester, Miriam Gonzales, Ellen Pechman
--Policy Studies Associates
The views expressed in the newsletter do no necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education and no official endorsement by the Department should be inferred.