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The Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education - September 2000

Raising Academic Standards

In order to raise academic standards for American students, voluntary standards have been developed in various subject areas. Encouraged by the success of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics in 1989, other discipline-based organizations have developed standards. Thousands of teachers, scholars, administrators, parents, and other members of the public have participated in shaping academic standards of what students should know and be able to do.

While states establish their own standards voluntarily and without direction from outside agencies, they often check their standards against those developed, or being developed, by national discipline-based organizations. As of March 1997, the voluntary standards listed below have been completed and might be useful as a resource to communities seeking to establish their own standards for students. In addition, communities might want to check with state departments of education and discipline-based organizations to find out the status of other standards not yet released.

Arts, released March 1994

Music Educators National Conference
1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 22091
(800) 828-0229

National Standards for Arts Education;
Item #1605; cost $15.00

Civics and Government, released November 1994

Center for Civic Education
5146 Douglas Fir Road
Calabasas, CA 91302­1467
(800) 350-4223

National Standards for Civics and Government;
ISBN 0-89818-155-0; cost $12.00 plus s/h,
discount for bulk orders (sales tax charged in CA)

Economics, available in April 1998

Economics America
National Council on Economic Education
1140 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212) 730-7007

English Language Arts, released March 1996

National Council of Teachers of English
Book Order Department
1111 West Kenyon Road
Urbana, IL 61801
(800) 369-6283

Standards for the English Language Arts;
cost $18.00 plus $1.50 s/h

International Reading Association
Order Department
800 Barksdale Road
P.O. Box 8139
Newark, DE 19714-8139
(800) 336-7323, ext. 266

Standards for English Language Arts;
cost $18.00 plus $3.00 s/h.

Foreign Languages, released December 1995

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
6 Executive Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701-6801
(914) 963-8830
1-9 copies $20.00 each plus s/h
10 or more $15.00 plus s/h

Geography, released October 1994

National Council of Geographic Education
1145 17th Street, N W
Washington, DC 20036-4688
(202) 775-7832

Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, 1994;
item # 01775; ISBN 0-7922-2775-1; cost $9.00,
discount for bulk orders
(sales tax charged in CA, DC, MD, MI, Canada)

History, released April 1996

University of California, Los Angeles
Associated Student
General Book Division
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024-4108
(310) 206-0788

National Standards for History, Basic Edition; cost $15.95 plus $5.00 s/h.

Mathematics, released in 1989

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
1906 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
(703) 620-9840

Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics;
Item #98E1; ISBN 0-87353-273-2;
cost $25.00, discount for bulk orders

Physical Education, released 1995

National Association for Sport and Physical Education
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
(703) 476-3410

Moving Into the Future--National Standards for Physical Education;
$22.00 plus s/h


National Science Education Standards, released January 1996
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
HA 486
Washington, DC 20418
(202) 334-1368


Benchmarks for Science Literacy, released 1989
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1333 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 326-6660

Skill Standards--22 pilot projects

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 260-9576


U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Policy and Research
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 208-7018

Social Studies

Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies released September, 1994
National Council for the Social Studies
3501 Newark Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016-3167
(800)-683-0812 (orders)

Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
cost $15.00 plus s/h
20% Discount on 10 or more copies

For general information about content standards development, contact:

Office of Educational Research and Improvement
National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment
U.S. Department of Education
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20208
(202) 219-2079

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