Educational Standards and
Curriculum Frameworks for
Developing Educational Standards is an annotated list of Internet sites with K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks documents, maintained by Charles Hill and the Putnam Valley Schools in New York. Your help with updates or corrections is greatly appreciated. [This page was last updated on July 19, 2000.] -> Return to the Standards index page.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing offers a wealth of information about teacher certification requirements and procedures. Its section on Standards for Educator Preparation and Competence includes links to teaching credential standards in general and to specific subject area and specialist standards. (Thanks to Bob Salley of CTC for this information.)
In January 1999, the state published an Adobe Acrobat version of its BEST (Beginning Educator Support and Training Program) page contains links to the state's teacher standards in the areas of the arts, elementary education, English Language Arts, math, physical education, science, social studies, and special education. A typical document contains various brief statements that generally define standards in such areas as content knowledge, effective instruction, and assessment. The page also contains a list of standards for school leadership and separate links to standards for school principals. The state's Common Core of Learning and K-12 framework can be downloaded as Adobe Acrobat files from a separate BEST page. (Thanks to Julia Menkee of MediaSeek Technologies for information about this link.)
Between 1997 and 1998, the Department of Education published draft standards documents for administrators and for teachers. The five adminstrator standards deal with differnt kinds of leadership (systemic, instructional, etc.) in terms of expected knowledge and performance. The ten teacher standards deal with such topics as instruction, planning, assessment, growth, and conduct. In 1999, the state followed up with A Report on Increasing Professional Standards for Delaware's Educators.
In 1993, Kentucky adopted (and revised in 1994) a set of New Teacher Standards for Preparation and Certification. This part of the education department's web site lists and elaborates upon the state's eight standards and offers some related information.
As an adjunct to the commonwealth's somewhat controversial new teacher requirements, the Department of Education has set up a Massachusetts Teacher Tests site with news releases and some explanatory information about the teaching frameworks and assessments. These include an October 1998 Q&A; document, a statement of test objectives, and various test results.
Doug Johnson and Eric Bartleson, in association with the Mankato Area Public Schools, have developed a very useful set of Rubrics for Leadership that spell out what administrators should know about and be able to do with technology. The rubrics page contains a January 1999 draft.
The Department of Education has a site with brief descriptions of curriculum frameworks in nine subject areas. Some of these descriptions offer links to more extensive documents that offer comprehensive information about the frameworks, their rationales, benchmarks, and specific instructional and resource recommendations; several lead to little more than course descriptions. Individual documents (and their dates of publication or update) are available for the arts (1996), business (1997), health (1996), language arts (1996), math (1994), physical education (no date listed), science (1996), social studies (1998), and technology (1997). The Department of Education has also published the state's 1995 Mississippi Standards for School Leaders. [My thanks to Julia Menkee of MediaSeek Technologies for update information for this site.]
The Nebraska Department of Education offers links to an Academic Standards page along with separate links to Adobe Acrobat versions of a Final Report regarding the alignment of certain national tests to the state's content standards. The standards page provides access to web and Adobe Acrobat versions of state standards for reading and writing, math, science, and social studies. A typical document presents an overview, a description of main themes, and sets of standards grouped by grade level (K-1, 2-4, 5-8, and 9-12). The standards page also has links to a definition and rationale statement from the State Board (called "A Special Message About Standards) and to an "Overview of Teacher/Administrator Education and Certification" that links standards and certification together. Finally, various curriculum departments maintain very helpful web sites that contain copies of their standards and frameworks, along with various curriculum resources. These sites include one for Reading and Writing Curriculum and Instruction (Thanks to [email protected] for information about this link), Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Foreign Language, Health, Industrial Technology, Mathematics, Social Studies, Education Technology (which includes separate competencies in technology for educators and students), and the Visual and Performing Arts.
- New York
The New York State Education Department has a number of useful pages spread throughout its web site. These include:
- November 1999 links to district and school level results on the state's new high stakes testing program. In this case, the links are for the fourth and eighth grade English language arts and math tests.
- An EMSC Learning Standards section with links to pages with Adobe Acrobat copies of curriculum standards, frameworks, and resource guides in most subject areas. One of the Acrobat documents is an update on the relationship between the learning standards and the state's new assessment system.
- The Curriculum/Instruction/Assessment and Regional School/Community Services Division has a site with links to documents about new state tests, the commissioner's teleconference transcripts, explanatory documents in English and Spanish for parents - and more.
- A Fall 1998 web version of a slide presentation about standards called Overall Strategy for Raising Student Performance.
- Adobe Acrobat copies of summaries and full-text versions of the new Part 100 Commissioner's Regulations. These regulations form a general link between standards and graduation requirements.
- Information about the pending Annual Professional Performance Review and Professional Development Plan, that lacks only a September 1999 vote to become a Part 100 mandate. The amendment in effect describes general standards for teacher performance.
- Results of the new state testing program, with links back to state standards. The Grade 4 ELA page for January 1999 is informative, but huge.
- A copy of the Board of Regents Task Force on Teaching paper, Teaching to Higher Standards: New York's Commitment.
- Draft Regulations on the Registration of Teacher Education Programs to Implement New York's Commitment: Teaching to Higher Standards.
- North Carolina
In 1996, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved both basic and advanced Technology Competencies for Teachers, including them as part of a five year cycle for license renewal. (If you want to see how your skills stack up against state expectations, you can take an online self-assessment.) [My thanks to Ron Wahlen of Conn Global Communications Magne for an update on this site.]
The Tennessee Framework for Evaluation and Professional Growth contains a general description of the revised teacher evaluation process (approved 1997 for implementation in 2000) and links to both Word 6 and Adobe Acrobat versions of the entire document.
The Department of Public Instruction has its January 1996 draft Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure on line. This document presents ten standards and, for each, the knowledge, "dispositions," and performance a successful teacher should demonstrate.