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National K-12 Standards, Assessments, and Reports

In an increasing number of the curriculum areas, the National Standards include specific reference to IT.

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National Standards have been developed in many different curriculum areas. In many of the curriculum areas, the National Standards include specific reference to IT. National Assessment is an important but often controversial vehicle in educational policy and politics. From time to time, a national report is developed by some "Commission" or other high level group, and such reports may have a significant impact on our educational system. A typical other type of national report is a statistical report, for example from the National Center for Educational Statistics.


Before It's Too Late: A Report to the Nation from The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century (2000) [Online]. Accessed 3/23/01: http://www.ed.gov/americacounts/glenn/.

Known as the Glenn Report (from John Glenn), this report analyzes the current status of math and science teaching in the US and makes recommendations to the US Congress and other policy makers.

Career Standards: McREL [Online]. Accessed 5/11/01: Quoting from the Website:

McREL, located in Aurora, Colorado, is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve education through applied research and development. McREL provides products and services, primarily for K-12 educators, to promote the best instructional practices in the classroom. Established in 1966, McREL maintains a staff of some 100 employees.

Developing Educational Standards: Putnam Valley Schools [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://putnamvalleyschools.org/Standards.html.

An annotated list of Internet sites with K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks documents. An excellent access point for organizations that have developed standards.

Exemplary & Promising Educational Technology Programs (2000) [Online]. Accessed 5/29/01: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OERI/ORAD/
LTD/newtech_progs.html. Quoting from the Website:

The following seven programs were designated as exemplary or promising out of a total of 134 educational technology programs submitted to the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Technology Expert Panel. Selections were based on the following criteria: (l) Quality of Program, (2) Educational Significance, (3) Evidence of Effectiveness, and (4) Usefulness to Others.

Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools: 1994-2000 (May 2001) [Online]. Accessed 5/29/01: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/

This 20 page report provides data collected in the fall of 2000. It indicates that in the U.S. public schools there was 1 computer for every 5 students, the ratio for Internet-connected computers is 1 per 7 students, 98% of schools are connected to the Internet, and 77% of the classrooms are connected to the Internet.

K-12 Standards [Online]. Accessed 5/11/01:

A compilation of content standards for K-12 curriculum in both searchable and browsable formats. This is a component of Career Standards: McREL also listed in this set of references.

International Study Center [Online]. Accessed 6/15/01: http://timss.bc.edu/.

This is the site where the TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) studies are housed. It is also the site for PIRLS (Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study).

International Technology Education Association (ITEA) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.iteawww.org/TAA/TAA.html.

This Website provides information on the development of Technology For All Americans: A Rationale and Structure for the Study of Technology.

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://cnets.iste.org/index.html.

These standards for PreK-12 students were released by ISTE in June 1998.

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers [Online]. Accessed 7/21/01: http://cnets.iste.org/index3.html.

These standards were released in June 2000.

ISTE (2000). National Educational Technology Standards for Students: Connecting Curriculum and Technology. Eugene, OR: Author.

The book contains lesson plans that are aligned with both ISTE's NETS for Students and with the National Standards of various other fields. It also contains a copy of ISTE NETS for students.

ISTE Standards Projects [Online]. Accessed 1/22/01: http://www.iste.org/standards/index.html.

Includes pointers to NCATE Standards.

ISTE Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA) Draft 2.2 [Online]. Accessed 7/21/01: http://cnets.iste.org/tssa/review_standards.html.

The contains the latest draft version of the emerging ISTE IT standards for school administrators. It also includes a feedback form.

Job Descriptions for IT in K-12 Education [Online]. Accessed 1/31/01: http://tps.dpi.state.nc.us/scd/techpositions/.

These descriptions are from North Carolina. They are useful in creating job descriptions at a number of different levels.

National Assessment of Educational Progress: the Nation's Report Card [Online]. Accessed 3/23/01: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/site/home.asp. Quoting from the Website:

Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as "the Nation's Report Card," has assessed the academic performance of fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders in a range of subjects.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.nctm.org/standards/.

The NCTM Math Standards were originally released in 1989. The above reference is to the revised NCTM Standards released in 2000.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM): Principles and Standards for School Mathematics [Online]. Accessed 12/18/00: http://standards.nctm.org/.

The NCTM Standards were first released in 1989. A new version of the NCTM Standards was released in 2000. The Website contains a full electronic copy of the NCTM Standards.

National Council for the Social Studies [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.ncss.org/ .

National Geography Standards [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.ncge.org/publications/tutorial/.

This site provides information about Geography for Life: The Eighteen National Geography Standards. Explore the tutorial, which is divided into four parts that are all linked, enabling you to follow the themes that are of interest to you.

National Health Education Standards [Online}. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.nche.org/ghfinalpg/ghnhes.html.

National Science Education Standards (NSES) [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/ .

National Voluntary Content Standards for Pre-College Economics Education [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.fte.org/standard.html.

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) [Online]. Online: Accessed 6/22/01: http://www.ncate.org/. Quoting from the Website:

NCATE is the profession's mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century.

NCATE is a coalition of 33 specialty professional associations of teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policy makers. All are committed to quality teaching, and together, the coalition represents over 3 million individuals.

National Standards [Online]. Accessed 10/24/01: http://www.education-world.com/

This Website is developed and maintained by Education World. It provides access to a large number of national and state standards.

Standards for the English Language Arts [Online]. Accessed 11/28/00: http://www.ncte.org/standards/.

Web-based Commission on Education. The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice [Oline]. Accessed 6/22/01: http://interact.hpcnet.org/webcommission/index.htm. This report was issued on December 19, 2000. Quoting from the Website:

For the past year we have been chairing an effort that has explored the ways in which the Internet is changing the delivery of education. Along with Senators Jeff Bingaman and Michael Enzi, Representative Chaka Fattah, and a distinguished group of education and business leaders, the Commission has heard about the tremendous power of the Internet to empower individual learners and teachers. We have also heard about the barriers that frustrate learning in this new environment. Our witnesses urged us to "think big" as we addressed the challenges of a rapidly changing educational landscape.

The report we are now submitting to the President, to Congress, and to the nation reflects the cumulative work of our Commission and a consensus of our findings. It is a call to action to all of those who must be involved if we are to implement real and positive change-policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels; students and educators; parents; communities; and the private sector. No one group can bring about this change alone.



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