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What are academic standards?
What's different about academic standards?
What do standards have to do with my classroom?
How have standards developed since they began in the early 1990s?
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What are the benefits of academic standards?
How can standards help students to learn better?
What do critics of standards have to say?


How can standards help students to learn better?

Ideally, students learn better in a standards-based environment because everybody's working towards the same goal.

Teachers know what the standards are and choose classroom activities that enable students to achieve the standards.

Students know the standards, too, and can see scoring guides that embody them. The students can use them to complete their work.

Parents know them and can help students by seeing that their homework aligns with the standards.

Administrators know what is necessary to attain the standards and apportion resources and buy materials to ensure that students are able to reach the prescribed standards. Schools communicate the standards to parents via newsletters, etc.

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Workshop: Teaching to Academic Standards
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