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National/State Standards and Benefits of Standardization

Please answer any three questions of your choice.

1. What do you see as the benefits of standards? What are the problem areas?

2. Using national and your state's standards in your content area, discuss how you would implement and apply any three standards found.

3. Give an example of how you could use backward design for a particular lesson in your classroom.

4. If you could create a standard which addresses something specific in your content area, what would it be? Why do you think this is important for the students to learn?

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Please answer any three questions of your choice.

1. What do you see as the benefits of standards? What are the problem areas?

The benefit is that it gives broad based accountability to school districts across a given state. Each district is given sets of standards and expectations for curricula that each teacher is expected to implement in the classroom. It gives teachers direction about what it is they need to teach their students each year. Teachers should then collaborate to map the curriculum for each subject and plan units for the year. They should work together to design assessments that will best demonstrate how well students are meeting state expectations and that will highlight any needs for improvement.

The problems lie primarily in assessment. "How do we know students are learning and receiving beneficial instruction?" are questions that state assessments attempt to answer through state-wide mandated assessments. It is problematic to ...

Solution Summary

The national/state standards and benefits of standardizations are provided. The benefits of these standards and problem areas are determined.

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