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.
- US Department of Education
The US Department of Education has its own search site that allows you to search the department, any of its agency web sites (NCES, for example), or a Cross-Site index page that can access some 150 DOE-connected sites. It also maintains a searchable set of research summaries of ERIC Digests from 1992 to the present. Typing in the word "standards" turns up documents about such topics as social studies, the public perception of standards, and standardized tests.
- National Education Goals Panel
The National Education Goals Panel was set up to monitor progress towards Goals 2000 and to "assess and report state and national progress toward achieving the National Education Goals." From this site you can examine the eight national education goals set up by Congress and state governors, review national and state "scorecards" for 1998 and 1999 that provide data for 34 different progress indicators, and compare the results for up to three states at a time. The site also has a publications page with free ordering instructions and download links for quite a few documents. [Thanks to Kirk Winters of the USDOE for keeping people informed about this and other DOE-related programs via his regular mailings.)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science - through its Project 2061 - has put up its Benchmarks for Science Literacy. These contain benchmarks and a very intelligent and readable discussion of benchmarks as they relate to science, math, technology, and the interaction of all three areas. (Thanks to Mary Koppal of AAAS for this information and to Therese Sarah for a link update.)
- American Association of School Administrators
The American Association of School Administrators has a section on Assessments/Standards with links to various articles and reports the organizaion has sponsored over the past several years. These include a December 1999 article about dissatisfaction with high-stakes testing, a November 1999 article about how schools can prepare effective "report cards" for their communities, and quite a few other articles - and links to external sites and reports. In April 1999, the AASA magazine, School Administrator, published an article about Technological Literacy for Administrators that offers rubrics "to determine what you and other leaders should know and be able to do with information technologies."
- Association of College and Research Libraries
The Association of College and Research Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association, has released a December 1999 draft of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Intended for college use as they prepare their own students for lifelong learning, these standards build on and extend the K-12 standards developed jointly by the ALA and the AECT. The draft document lists five standards, with performance indicators and outcomes for each.
- Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards,and Student Testing (CRESST)
Run out of UCLA, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is one of the best sites on the web for K-12 educational research. Here you can find newsletters and technical reports (mostly in PDF format - which means that when you click on one of them, an Adobe Acrobat document will begin downloading to your computer without advance notice). While the reports generally deal with research about alternative testing techniques (and are definitely worth reading because of that), several refer to the alignment between testing and standards (the NCTM standards, for example).
- Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
In April 1999, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board released Being Fluent with Information Technology. Its authors say it describes "the knowledge and understanding that individuals need to use today's information technology effectively and to adapt to and learn about tomorrow's information technology" - in other words, adult standards for information technology. The Board is a component of the National Research Council which is, itself, a part of The National Academies.
- International Society for Technology in Education
The International Society for Technology in Education has played a major role in the National Educational Technology Standards Project - a collaborative effort on the part of the federal government and various education groups to develop technology standards and performance indicators for both students and teachers. The Standards for Students (released in June 1998) cover six areas, ranging from basic skills through decision-making. In addition to some excellent supplementary material, the site offers a rich resource with its NETS Database of online lessons. Searchable by keyword, grade, and subject area (language arts, foreign language, math, science, and social studies), the database presents lesson plans with active Internet links and direct ties to major standards documents. The Standards for Teachers- (released in June 2000) describe six standards, various "essential conditions" for those standards (such as, access, professional development, and both community and institutional support), and expectations for teacher preparation programs.(Thanks to Therese Sarah, formerly of McREL; Scott Adams of Arkansas Tech University; and Dr. M.G. Kelly, Co-Director of the ISTE NETS Project for this update.)
- International Society for Technology in Education
The International Society for Technology in Education has developed National Standards for Technology in Teacher Preparation that apply to college-level teacher preparation programs. Among the various sets of standards linked to this site are ones dealing with the kind of education those programs should provide their students, another set that details the skills and conceptual base students should have mastered at the time they begin their teaching careers, and an advanced set of standards for advanced students. The ISTE standards have been adopted by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). (Thanks to Talbot Bielefeldt of ISTE and to Therese Sarah, formerly of McREL, for update information.)
- International Technology Education Association
Technology for All Americans: A Project to Develop National Standards for K-12 Technology Education is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA and coordinated by the International Technology Education Association. A two-phase project, Phase I is trying to define the meaning of "technology" and, therefore, the scope of any subsequent standards. During Phase II, ITEA is developing model K-12 technology standards along with benchmarks at grades 2, 5, 8, and 12. The ITEA web site also contains various instructional and professional resources including such publications as the Journal of Technology Educaion and The Technology Teacher.
- Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)
The Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory is one of the best places to go on the net for educational resources, particularly in the area of standards and frameworks. (Thanks go to Therese Sarah, formerly of McREL, for keeping me updated.) Some of its best offerings include:
- National Business Education Association
The National Business Education Association has developed guidelines for National Standards for Business Education. These cover the areas of accounting, business law, career development, communications, computation, economics and personal finance, entrepreneurship, information systems, international business, management, and marketing. The web site has basic information for each category and ordering information for the complete document.
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education page on standards has links to several key documents. First is its 1997, Standards for Identifying and Supporting Quality Professional Development Schools, along with a second report that specifically relates to technology. Second, anticipated revisions in that document appear in an Adobe Acrobat file called May 2000 Revised Standards. Third are new standards for elementary education programs. Fourth is a set of draft standards for professional development schools. And fifth is a page of links to program guidelines for seventeen specific subject and professional areas, developed in conjunction with related professional organizations. These areas include computing technology education, early childhood education, educational communications, educational leadership, English language arts, elementary education, health education, mathematics education, middle level education, physical education, reading education, school library media specialist, school psychology, science education, social studies education, special education, and technology eduction.
- National Educational Technology Standards Project
The National Educational Technology Standards Project is a collaborative effort on the part of the federal government and various education groups (including the International Society for Technology in Education) to develop technology standards and performance indicators for all students. For more information, see the ISTE entry.
- South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium
The South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium has a Technology Standards for Educators page containing links to state documents from Delaware, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Alabama Department of Education's course of study documents can be downloaded in rtf versions or as zipped files from its Classroom Improvement page. Documents include the mid-1990s courses, recent changes, and assessment information.
Alaska does not require that its schools follow mandated standards but it does have voluntary standards in the areas of the arts, English/language arts, foreign language, health, math, science, social studies (broken out into geography, government and citizenship, and history), and technology. A Content Standards for Alaska Students page, prepared by the state's Department of Education, lists the areas and offers links to separate pages for each. These pages contain several relevant content standards and associated general performance indicators. The site also contains a draft of the state's library and information literacy standards.
The DOE's Arizona Standards site offers sections on standards for the arts, foreign language, health, language arts, math, physical education, science, technology, and workplace skills. A typical section contains a rationale and four to seven standards, along with performance objectives for various grade levels. Social studies was added shortly after its adoption in March 2000. Meanwhile, the technology standards are still in draft form. This standards site also has links to student guides, a writing rubric, and "Standards Cards" (Adobe Acrobat copies of standards for language arts, math, science, social studies, and the workplace) Finally, a Arizona Academic Standards, Functional Level for Students with Significant Disabilities document that tries to define basic functioning levels in different subject areas. [Thanks to Brian Hamilton of ACT, John Kendall of McREL, Julia Menkee of MediaSeek, John Kotcho of the Nautilus Elementary School, Karen Birgam Martin, and Dr. Peggy George, principal of the Orangewood Elementary School for these updates.]
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.)
The California Department of Education offers a set of pages devoted to the Challenge Standards for Student Success. Available for all major subject areas, the documents (available as Adobe Acrobat files) contain draft grade level standards, examples of appropriate student work that meets the demands of the standards, and sample activities. The site also has links to departmental resources (including a listserv), a bibliography, and a listing of relevant Internet sites.
The California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse maintains an impressive and comprehensive databaseof more than 3700 instructional materials linked to state standards and curriculum frameworks. You can search the database by keyword, subject, platorm, or grade level - or dig down into the areas of ELA, math, science, or social studies and do a search on individual standards. The results generally lead you to highly rated software titles (the rating criteria are described on the web site). (Thanks to Laurie Swiryn of Cuesta Technologies for information about this link.)
The Department of Education's K-12 Academic Standards page offers on line and Adobe Acrobat versions of standards documents in the areas of the arts (separate documents for music and the visual arts, both adopted in 1997), reading and writing (1995), foreign language (1997), math (1995), physical education (1997), science (1995), and social studies (separate documents for geography and history, both adopted in 1995; additional documents for civics and economics, both adopted in 1998). A typical html document contains a general introduction that offers a rationale for learning about the subject, followed by the standards themselves. Each standard has several subcategories which are, in turn, elaborated upon for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Meanwhile, the state's Information Literacy Guidelines for libraries and technology instruction are available elsewhere on the department's web site.
In January 1999, the state published an Adobe Acrobat version of its Sunshine State Standards, approved by the State Board of Education on May 29, 1996, are available on the Florida Department of Education's web site in the areas of the arts (dance, music, theatre, visual arts), English/language arts, foreign language, health, math, physical education, science, and social studies. Standards for each area are divided into four grade level groupings (Pre-K to 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12), with a web page devoted to each. A typical page contains major subject area topics with relevant standards and their subcategories elaborated upon underneath. This site also offers a page of questions and answers; a "curriculum planning tool" (downloadable in Mac and PC formats) that contains all the benchmarks for each of its standards and, on a separate page, related teacher developed learning activities; and a major section on the applied technology components of the state's curriculum and standards.
The Deaprtment of Education, in collaboration with several other groups, has created a Quality Core Curriculum and Georgia Learning Connections web site that weaves the standards in the Quality Core Curriculum together with an extensive set of instructional resources. The site's centerpiece involves its powerful search capabilities. You can search by subject, grade level, and keyword and get results that include relevant standards along with links to some combination of lesson plans, web resources, and assessments. This latter set of resources appears extensive and is growing regularly. The QCC Standards (or portions thereof) for agriculture, fine arts, foreign language and ESL, guidance and counseling, health and physical education, information literacy, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology and career education (draft) can also be viewed individually on their own separate pages.
The Hawaii Department of Education's ,a href="http://www.hcps.k12.hi.us/">Content and Performance Standards site has Adobe Acrobat copies of the state's content standards and benchmarks for grades K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 in the areas of career and life skills, education technology, fine arts, health, language arts, math, physical education, science, social studies, and world languages. Additionally, the department's Assessment Resource Center Hawai'i, or ARCH, contains a considerable body of resources - among which are several Adobe Acrobat files related to standards and assessments. (Thanks to Neil Pateman of the University of Hawaii for a link update.]
The Illinois State Board of Education's Learning Standards site contains an introduction, background, questions and answers, standards tools (forms intended to help districts align local standards with those form the state), and 1997 versions of standards for ELA, math, science and technology, social science, physical education and health, fine arts, and foreign languages. Selecting one of the standards links leads to more refined topical choices which, in turn, lead to specific goals and performance outcomes statements. The standards can be searched, as a group, for specific words or phrases - though it appears that search rights are restricted in some, unspecified way.
The Indiana Department of Education's section on Indiana Academic Standards offers a number of documents and instructrional resources. Major ones include:Indiana Academic Standards 1999 (Adobe Acrobat copies of grade level booklets for parents about ELA and math standards, specific high school math courses, and answers to sample math standards assessment questions); Science - Standards 2000 draft (background information, a review form for reader comments, and Adobe Acrobat copies of grade level guides); Math draft - Standards 2000 draft (Adobe Acrobat copies of grade level guides); and English/Language Arts - Adopted June 2000 (Adobe Acrobat copies of grade level guides).
An additional resource, the Electronic Library, has links to other proficiency guides (generally course descriptions and content standards) for the Arts (published in 2000, separate drafts for visual arts and music); Business Technology Education (1999); Family and Consumer Sciences (1998); Foreign Languages (1999, draft); Health Education (1998); Physical Education (1998, draft); Social Studies Proficiency Guide (1997).(Thanks to Therese Sarah for this information.)
The Louisiana Department of Education's web site has links to many topics related to standards, from an extensive secton on state assessment, to a section on Content Standards, to a relatively new site called Making Connections. The content standards page presents the standards for the arts, ELA, foreign language, math, science, and social studies along with lists of relevant benchmarks. A separate page contains brief descriptions of five "foundation skills." Each of the six core documents can be downloaded in MS Word format. Meanwhile, the Making Connections site significantly extends the scope of the standards page by adding searchable links to relevant lesson plans, Internet resources, software, and state assessments. The lessons appear carefully constructed, with special attention paid to linking them to the standards, technology guideline, and interdisciplinary connections. (Thanks to Richard D. Harris for information about this link.)
The Maine Department of Education has published final versions of the State of Maine Learning Results. These are separate text and MS Word documents containing the May 1997 versions of the Learning Results in the areas of career preparation, English language arts, health and physical education, math, modern and classical languages, science and technology, social studies, and visual and performing arts. A typical document breaks a subject area down into different categories and lists various student expectations, by grade level, for each. Some documents also have supplementary material included. A separate Learning Results Team page contains information about and links to related planning, implementation, and assessment resources.
The Massachusetts frameworks fit within a five year master plan for the state's Education Reform Initiatives. A Common Core of Learning page provides some background for the state's changes while a Curriculum Frameworks page offers links to some Common Chapters (containing a rationale and general information about the meaning and nature of frameworks) as well as to documents for the arts, English language arts, health, math, science and technology, history and social science, and world languages. (According to a January 1996 memo from the commissioner of education, the health education framework encompasses the curriculum areas of health, family and consumer science, and physical education - with each district being responsible for determining how much attention is to go to each one.) An EDReform section of the DOE site presents similar information in an organized and very useful way - particularly if you are using a frames-capable browser. While there, click on the related documents button for additional information. Meanwhile, the new statewide assessment program is described on a Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System site. It has links to statewide, district, and school level results from the MCAS (including the December 1998 reports) along with a wide range of material that supplements or explains the system.
Michigan originally approved a set of Core Curriculum Content Standards in August, 1994 containing content standards and performance benchmarks. During the 1995-96 legislative session, the legislature amended the school code, removing the mandate the districts use the state's standards and replacing it with a requirement that each district implement their own - which could be those from the state. In May 1996, the Michigan Department of Education issued a set of Questions and Answers for the Revised School Code dealing with the many changes coming from the legislature.
The Michigan Department of Education Curriculum Development Program has the original Model Content Standards for Curriculum in the areas of language arts, math, occupational education, science, social studies, and technology. Each link takes you to a page listing the relevant standards, with each standard having a link to a slightly more elaborate version, broken down by general grade level. The bottom of the page also has links to a vision statement in each curricular area as well as to sample assessment questions. A related site maintained by the Curriculum Development Unit also has links to the frameworks as well as to content specific and assessment resources in most subject areas. Meanwhile, Draft documents in the areas of Arts Education, Career and Employability Skills, English Language Arts, Health Education, Life Management Education, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and World Languages are linked to the department's gopher site. A typical document contains an overview, the standards (with brief sample performance tasks or student expectations for early elementary, later elementary, middle school, and high school years), and cross-references to documents from other disciplines. (The CoreCurriculum Content Standards can also be downloaded as a single, 547k file.)
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 Minneapolis Public Schools has placed many of its Curriculum Standards on the district's web site. A typical set of standards lists major and minor headings, grouped according to student age (5-9, 9-14, and 14-18).
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 Department of Education has published the state's 1995 Mississippi Standards for School Leaders.
The Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction's web site has relevant sections scattered throughout its pages. AnEssential Academic Learning Requirements link provides access to documents that list standards and benchmarks for the arts, ELA, health, math, science, and social studies. The OSPI Order Form for Publications page allows you to purchase or download several math and reading frameworks documents, intended to help teachers prepare their instruction. Meanwhile, seven technology learning goals appear on a Learning Goals (the state's K-12 Technology Plan is also on line). (Thanks to Celine McKeon of CLM and Company for a link update.)
The Montana Office of Public Instruction offers an Education Standards link that leads to Adobe Acrobat copies of current and draft standards in several fields. As of November 1999, these included health, literature, media literacy, science, speaking, technology, world languages, and writing. A typical document contains content and performance standards, a rationale for each, and benchmarks for the ends of grades 4, 8, and 12. The OPI has also put an assessment handbook on line. A separate curriculum link leads to curriculum guides for library and information skills, social studies, science, health, and communications arts.
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.
The Nevada State Education Department's New Academic Standards page describes the state's standards development process and has links to 1998 documents for ELA, math, and science. The documents contain various content standards along with grids that list performance requirements for different grade levels. Copies of the January 2000 content and performance standards documents for the arts, foreign language, health, physical education, social studies, and technology are also on line. All document are available in both html and MS Word versions. An Adobe Acrobat copy of the State Plan to Implement Technology to Support Student Learning appears on the state's Commission on Educational Technology page.)
- New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Department of Education's web site has a state Curriculum Frameworks page with links to frameworks for English language arts, math, science, social studies, and career development. The frameworks contain introductory and rationale information followed by lists of standards. A standard typically includes a sentence about the standard accompanied by proficiency standards for various grade levels (usually grades 3, 6, and 10). A separate New Hampshire Educational Improvement Assessment Program (NHEIAP) page answers key questions about state assessments. (Thanks to Judi Edman Yost, Senior Trainer at the Institute of Computer Technology, for an update about this link.)
- New Hampshire
The math and science frameworks are mirrored at Plymouth State College, linked to a K-12 Mathematics andScience Curriculum Frameworks page (you can also download the frameworks in .rtf format from here). Inaddition, the page has a variety of supplemental resources for each subject area. (K-3 math, Grades 4-6 math, andK-6 science are currently available.) Each of these "Addendum" contains instructional ideas, lessons, andassessment strategies tied to different parts of each framework. (Thanks go to Donald Belmont, PSC's math and science website maintainer, for this information.)
- New Jersey
The Education Department has a Standards and Assessment page containing links to the New Jersey core curriculum content standards and the state frameworks, support resources called FANS ("Families Achieving the New Standards"), and various assessment reports and explanatory documents. The core curriculum content standards link leads to a rationale and list of standards in various subject areas, with most standards having a page that briefly describes the standard and offers progress indicators for grades 4, 8, and 12. The frameworks link leads to the final frameworks for language arts, math, science, visual and performing arts, and world languages - and to a draft framework for social studies. (Thanks to Grant Wiggins of the Center on Learning, Assessment, and School Structure for a link update.)
- New Mexico
The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) at New Mexico Highlands University maintains an excellent New Mexico Standards site. Redesigned in 1999, its subject area pages typicallly contain links to standards and benchmarks, sample lessons, relevant Internet resources, and performance standards. In most cases you can view all of these items on line and download an Adobe Acrobat version of the standards. Also on line is an informative Standards Primer with information about state standards, curriculum, and assessment.
- New York
The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center has set up a Best Practices Database containing teacher-developed projects that are aligned with the new math, science, and technology standards.
- New York
In collaboration with the New York State Education Department, OCM BOCES (the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES Regional Information Center) maintains a State Learning Standards site that offers quick access to NYS standards, frameworks, and assessment resources for the arts; career development and occupational studies; English language arts; health, physical education, and home economics; math, science, and technology; and social studies. Checking on the Planned Assessment of New York State Standards page on a regular basis may also be a good idea, as the time and grades of their administration still appears open to some changes.
- New York
The New York State Education Department has a number of useful pages spread throughout its web site. These include:
- New York
The New York State Systemic Initiative's site contains instructional resources, news and updates, and links to a wealth of information about science, math, technology, standards, and assessment.
- North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's innovative Curriculum Matrix page shows a list of subjects reading down and various grade levels reading across. Clicking on any intersection takes you to a page with standards and frameworks for that subject and grade - along with links to online resources and relevant publications (the latter are for sale by the department). The department also has pages devoted to assessment and to its new (in 1999) Accountability Standards - statements of what students must do in order to gain promotion from grades 3, 5, 8, and 12.
- 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.]
- North Dakota
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction's Challenging State Standards page has links to Adobe Acrobat versions of content standards for ELA, math, science, social studies and health; to performance standards for ELA; and to assessment information for all areas. Notes on the page indicate that the Year 2000 will bring forth documents for the Arts and physical education. Documents for world languages and technology will come the following year. A typical document contains benchmarks, content knowledge expectations, and sample activites for a variety of standards for grades K-5, 5-8, and 9-12. [My thanks to Todd E. Byrd of the Kaplan Companies for a link update for this site.]
- North Dakota
The VT Programs and Functions portion of the North Dakota State Board for Vocational and Technical Education's web site offers information about courses in the areas of family and consumer sciences, occupational education, and technology education. The information varies from brief course descriptions to lists of expected student outcomes. None of it is particularly extensive.
The Department of Education's Ohio Standards page now contains only one link - to an April 1998 document that basically says that the implemenation of state standards is at a political standstill.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education has a page about the state's Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) documents. First used in the 1993-94 school years, these contain statements of what students should know or be able to describe, explain, or perform at a particular grade level. Local districts are expected to construct their own curricula from these statements. The SDE web site has separate Adobe Acrobat files for each of the "core" curriculum subjects of language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, and languages and for the "integrated" curriculum subjects of health and safety, information literacy, instructional technology, and technology education. PASS is reviewed every three years and was most recently revised in July 1999. [My thanks to Billy King of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational-Technical Education for an update on this site.]
The Oregon Educational Media Association has prepared Information Literacy Guidelines for the Oregon Common Curriculum Goals in English/Language Arts as well as for some portions of the arts, health, math, science, and social studies. The guidelines correlate these standards and goals to the draft Information Literacy Standards developed by AASL and AECT. (Thanks to Janet Murray of the Milken Educator Virtual Workspace for this information.)
The Oregon Educational Technology Consortium (OETC) has published a set of District Technology Program Guidelines that includes content and benchmark standards and a recommended assessment system. (Thanks to Amanda Jaffe-Katz of Technion alerting me that this site had been updated.)
The Oregon Public Education Network Clearinghouse maintains an Oregon School Reform site containing valuable resources related to state standards as well as to PASS. The Oregon Content Standards page, in particular, has a rich offering - including links to a searchable data base containing common curriculum goals, content standards, and benchmarks for various key grade levels in several different subjects.
The Oregon State Education Department's Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services has an academic standards page with Adobe Acrobat versions of the state K-12 standards and benchmarks for English, math, science, and social studies; a page describing progress toward the development of arts standards; and an Adobe Acrobat file called Teaching and Learning to Standards that contains standards and benchmarks for various subject areas.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education offers a Proposed Academic Standards page that provides access to background information about state standards, a comparison of the proposed standards to the ill-fated OBE proposal of several years ago, links to Adobe Acrobat versions of the final standards for language arts and math, and Adobe Acrobat copies of the proposed standards for the environment and ecology, science and technology, economics, and civics and government. Standards in the areas of health, the arts, family and consumer science, career education, world languages, and several of the social studies are apparently still under review and do not appear on the department's web site. Also worth noting, the department has put online the contents of the PSSA Classroom Connections CD that it has been using to train teachers in strategies for aligning instruction with the commonwealth's new standards for writing, reading, and math.
- Rhode Island
The Department of Education site has a resources page which provides access to a Frameworks and Planning Documents page from 1996. This page, in turn, offers links to several relevant documents. English/Language Arts has nine standards, each with an accompanying chart that divides each standard into "descriptors" of what students should generlly be able to do at four different levels. Mathematics Frameworks has a large grid with grade level going down and standards areas going across; the intersection lists concrete skills. Science Frameworks contains four core science and technology pages that list relevant standards, associated benchmarks (for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12), and suggested instructional activities. There is also a link to the state/'s educational technology plan.
- South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs' Contents Standards page offers online, MS Word, and Adobe Acrobat versions of several standards documents. As of November 1999, these included standards and technical guides for language arts, math, science, and social studies. A typical document contains introductory material (including a vision statement), a list of goals with accompanying rationales, a glossary, and a bibliography. Each goal has its own indicators and benchmarks, with performance standards listed for each grade. Meanwhile, the technical guides contain information and procedures for districts to use as they plan implementation of the standards and the explicit integration of technology into that implementation. A portion of a FAQ page devoted to answering about state content standards questions is also available. South Dakota law requires districts to align their curricula for communications/language arts, math, science, and social studies with the state's Content Standards - the first two subjects by July 1999 and the latter two by one year later. In September 1999, the department released McREL reports about the alignment between state standards in math and language arts and the Stanford Achievement Tests for those areas. As you may have guessed, the alignment is imperfect.
The education department is revising its K-8 Computer Technology Framework. From this page you can review the present framework for each grade and suggest changes.
The Texas Education Agency published final versions of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in September 1997. Organized into two "clusters," the TEKS contain basic understandings, knowledge and skills expectations, and performance descriptions for each content area. TEKS can be read on screen, searched, or downloaded as Word 6 files. There is a Q&A section of the site that tries to deal with some of the criticisms that have been raised about standards and frameworks throughout the country. The site also offers a very useful TEKS Search page you can use to find any instance of any word or phrase in any TEKS documents. TEKS documets are available for the arts, English language arts, foreign language, health, home economics, math, occupational education (including separate files on agricultural science, business education, career orientation, health science technology, marketing education, trade and industrial education), physical education, science, social studies, Spanish and ESL, and technology. (Thanks to Therese Sarah, formerly of McREL, for some of this update.)
The Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative offers newsletters, training information, and other imaterial designed to help teachers impelement the TEKS. The site also has links to TEKS toolkits in math and science that it is developing for the state. (Thanks go to Cathy Seeley, Director of Policy and Professional Development of the Texas SSI, for this information.)
The Utah Education Network has thestandards for the state's Core Curriculum on line. A Core Curriculum/Course Descriptions page has links to documents for major subject areas, with individual documents for grades K to 6 and documents for the secondary grades that are either grouped by grade or by topic. A typical document describes a course, lists core standards, and briefly describes student objectives that meet each standard. UEN also has a very strong set of links to Internet resources as well as to its own set of lesson plans (including a searchable Curriculum Database). A similar set of core curriculum resources is available from the Utah Department of Education's Curriculum and Instruction Homepage (some of which include links back to UEN's pages). Additional information in the areas of occupational, family and consumer sciences, and technology education appear on the Applied Technology Education page.(Thanks go to Ginny Gale from the UtahLink/Utah Education Network, June Matheson from the Utah State Office of Education, and Virgil Jacobsen from the Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah for UEN updates.)
Vermont standards are organized into the seven topical areas of Communications (reading, writing, listening, expression, and information technology); Reasoning and Problem Solving; Personal Development (generally health and physical education); Civic/Social Responsibility; Arts, Language, and Literature (including foreign language); History and Social Sciences; and Science, Mathematics, and Technology. The Vermont State Education Department has a Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities page that has links to all of the state's frameworks - individually (as html pages) or as a group (in an Adobe Acrobat file). Each framework lists pre-K to grade 12 standards and, in most cases, some briefly-stated general ways of knowing when a student has met those standard at different levels (generally, but not always, pre-K to grade 4, grades 5 to 8, and grades 9 to 12). The Flood Brook Union School has its own copies of the frameworks online on its VeeOne page. So does the Addison Central Supervisory Union. (Thanks to Gregg Martin of the Addison Central Supervisory Union for this information about these two school sites.)
The Virginia Department of Education's site Teaching Virginia Standards of Learning offers a rich collection of related resources in the areas of English, history, math, science, and technology. Resources include the standards and related lesson plans and other material located on the Internet. The site includes links to other DOE pages dealing with standards, assessment, and curricula (see, for example, Using the Sample SOL Aligned Curricula). (Thanks to Bob Hanny for this information.)
- West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Education's Instructional Goals and Objectives page provides access to the state's courses of study for different grades. Individual grade level pages for grades K to 8 contain lists of skills and knowledge students should master in the areas of the arts, language arts, math, science, and social studies (with technology being woven into each of those areas). For grades 9 to 12, the focus is on subject area pages in the fields of the arts, language arts, driver education, foreign language, health, math, vocational education, physical education, science, and social studies. (Thanks go to Darby Shafer, Coordinator of the WVDE/IBM Reinventing Education Grant, for the update.)
The Department of Public Instruction has published copies of the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards on its web site. The standards for language arts, math, science, and social studies can be viewed online. The others must be downloaded as Adobe Acrobat files. A typical document contains the relevant content standards, rationales, specific performance standards for grades 4, 8, and 12, and a sample proficiency standard. A separate page describes the state's Proficiency Standards along with proficiency category information for language arts, math, science, and social studies.
- Canada (Alberta)
The Alberta Department of Learning/A>'s section on Student Programs contains links to outcomes and programs of study in most subject areas. Further information about standards and assessment appears on the Teaching page. Finally, an Information and Communication Technology contains outcomes, a curriculum scheduled for June 2000 implementation, and a significant body of resources related both the technological and the library media side of information.
- Canada (British Columbia)
Curriculum and Resources BranchBritish Columbia Ministry of Education lists a variety of reports on curriculum and assessment on a Publications page. (Of particular interest are task reports for math and social studies, both released fairly recently). A separate Prescribed Learning Outcomes page contains outcomes links for most subject areas.
- Canada (Ontario)
The Ontario Ministryof Education and Training maintains a Curriculum and Policy Documents page with links to recent versions of its grades 1-8 standards and curriculum guides for the arts (1998), health and physical education (1998), French (1998), science and technology (1998), language (1997), and mathematics (1997). Subject area documents contain introductory material and knowledge and skill expectations for each grade level. Online versions of the documents tend to be large (200-400 K) and take a while to load onto a computer screen. You can download Adobe Acrobat versions by clicking on a link at the top of each subject area page. (Thanks to Bill Grobe for this information)
- Papua New Guinea
The International Education Agency of Papua New Guinea (an independent school organization) has placed the first two of eight standards documents on its web site. (Thanks go to Greg Whiddon of the IEA for this information.)
- The Arts - not currently available.
- English Language - not currently available.
- Languages Other Than English - not currently available.
- Mathematics - not currently available.
- Physical Education, Health, Personal Development - Learning outcomes, presented in eight levels, each of which lists expectations for strands dealing with human development, human movement, physical activity and the community, people and food, health of individuals and populations, safety, and human relations.
- Science - not currently available.
- Society and its Environment - not currently available.
- Technology - Student Learning Outcomes (presented in eight "levels," each of which lists expectations for strands dealing with materials, information, and systems) and Suggested Learning Experiences (one sentence examples of relevant classroom activities).