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Opinion on the effects of state curriculum standards on education

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From your readings and experiences with standards, do you think standards will improve education, have little impact--negative or positive on education or produce generally negative results?

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Well, I've been teaching for about ten years, and I've been reading about constantly evolving standards in the United States. There are standards for the school district, the state and in some cases (like NAEP) the nation. It is not the standards as much as it is the way that they are written that is important. I believe that having national standards is a good idea; they will have a positive effect on education. However, these standards must be written in such a way that learning can occur in multiple ways. Example: If you're teaching the weather, one teacher might take a field trip to a weather monitoring center, another could have students go outside and log temperature and wind speed and yet another teacher might utilize the Internet to have students view and analyze Doppler radar. ...

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a) Arizona Department of Education/Standards and Assessment Division. (2008). Arizona academic standards. http://www.ade.state.az.us/standards/contentstandards.asp

b) Illlinois State Board of Education. (n.d.). English language proficiency standards. http://www.isbe.state.il.us/bilingual/htmls/elp_standards.htm

Visit the Web sites and electronic resources listed above, ii) Examine the format and alignment of the ELL proficiency standards.

iii) Examine the alignment with the language arts standards (reading and writing).

iv) Write a essay addressing the historical and political incentives for standards-based instruction.

(1) How can the Arizona or TESOL English learner standards be used as a guide for differentiating instruction for various levels of ELLs?

(2) How can data from various sources relating to the learners' progress be used as a tool to drive the standards-based instruction?

(3) How do the varieties of standards available to teachers provide a focus on high expectations and the motivation needed to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the learner?

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