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Pros and Cons of Standards and National Curriculum

Pros and Cons of Standards and National Curriculum

Evaluating and Comparing Stamdards

Standard documents are constantly being created and each committee creates their standards with different concerns and issues influencing their decisions of what is included in their final document. Categories or dimensions they choose, the organization of information, and more importantly what is incuded and omitted for their descriptions of literacy in their subject determines the quality of their standards.

To evaluate the comprehesiveness of a standard document four common domains, which have been identified for a comprehensive description of any discipline or subject, can be used. The omission of any of these domains will suggest something less than a total description of literacy in that area. The four domains:

  1. Practices, processes, and how to inquire in the subject,
  2. Attitude, values, and dispositions that assist better uses of the subject,
  3. Perspective or paramaters of use for the subject and connections within and without the subject, and
  4. Content knowledge of the subject created by doing the subject.  

Inclusion and omission of any category or lack of a comprehesive description for any can be used to evauate and compare standards. For a more comprehensive discussion, see: Being a Teacher: What Outstanding Teachers Know and Do - Subject Knowledge Organization, Their Common Categories or Dimensions!

Standards by Discipline or Subject

Multiple Disciplines or Subject Standards

Common core Common Core State Standards Initiative

P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning

Project 2061

Mathematics Standards

Common Core State Standards for math

NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Science Standards

National Science Teachers Association

Next generation science standard (2016)

Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices (2012)

Comparison of science standards

National Science Standards (1995)

Language Arts Standards

Media Standards

Health and PE Standards

Art Standards

Music Standards

Social science Standards

Links to other Standards

Representative State Standrards


Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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