January 11, 2001
Education Week, Vol. 20, Issue 17
Education An Examination in Secrecy
When Andrew Renner sat down to take his state's high school graduation exam this past spring, he had seen a copy of the writing test only once before the first time he failed the exam. A typical teenager, Renner did not write more than he believed necessary to pass the retake of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards. He failed the writing exam a second time.
Education Examples of Promising Practices
As states move deeper into standards-based reform, they are experimenting with a variety of way to help teachers improve classroom instruction. They're publishing manuals that explain how curricula should change, financing professional-development activities that support a standards-based approach, and operating Web sites that offer examples of lesson plans, curriculum units, and testing materials. Here is a sampling of what some states are doing to help make standards part of everyday life in schools. Each vignette represents a small piece of the state's overall standards strategy.
Education Poll: Teachers Support Standards-With Hesitation
Education Week’s "National Survey of Public School Teachers, 2000" was conducted by Belden Russonello & Stewart, a Washington-based opinion-research group. The national survey of 1,019 public school teachers was conducted by telephone Aug. 28 through Sept. 17, 2000.