Standards Based Education

By: Ashley Wuller

What is the Reform?

Definition of Standard-Based Education: An approach adopted on a nationwide level to create uniformity around what students are expected to gain for their school career. This is intended to ensure that all students participating in the education system are offered the same education, regardless of their choice of school.

Years of the Reform

-Started in the the 1990's

-Still remains today.

Positive Aspects

-The general goal of standards-based learning ensures that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in school, higher education, careers, and adult life.

-Teachers have a standard outline for their curriculum.

-Students are all evaluated in the same manner.

-It overall strives for equal education everywhere.

Negative Aspects

-Teachers fear that their classroom autonomy are being reduced, because they are required to conform to national standards.

-Some nationals standards are not necessarily relevant to the learning needs of students in their local communities.

-Believed that the use of standardized tests adversely affects minorities, because the tests are rarely made culturally appropriate and are written for the majority.

-It can be seen as a detriment to students who do not perform well on standardized tests for any number of reasons.

-It is a one-size-fits-all approach at does not account for differences among learners, schools, and districts.

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Sources Used

The textbook - The Call To Teach