Phi Delta Kappan – Walking Our Talk About Standards

Ms. Easton argues that, if schools truly were based on standards, they would look much different than they do now. She describes the standards-based system of an experimental school in Colorado.

Are we really serious about standards? Do we really want to hold students accountable for achieving standards? Do we want to hold ourselves accountable for student achievement of standards? What does the term standards-based really mean as it describes curriculum, instruction, assessment, and other pursuits in our classrooms? Although districts and schools say they are standards-based, most still promote and graduate…

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