This comprehensive resource provides teachers with solid guidelines for choosing standards and designing a curriculum that balances the needs of students with federal mandates.
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About the Author
Pearl G. Solomon is professor emerita of teacher education at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. She has served as a director and officer for professional organizations and as a consultant to many school districts, the New York State Education Department, and the United States Department of Education. Solomon is the recipient of a number of special awards from the state and community for her work in science, math, health, and career education.
Table of ContentsPreface to the Third Edition Who Should Read This Book What This Book Is AboutAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. Why Standards and Tests Are on the Front Page About This Chapter At the Top of the Political Agenda: Education Why the Focus on Standards and Tests? The No Child Left Behind Legislation Economic Influences and Some Words of Caution The Media Influence Opinions on Standards The Origins of the Current Wave of Public Concern Initial Responses of the Educational Community Government Calls for Reform Initial Responses to the Calls for Reform Standards in Other Countries A Summary: Systemic Change, Restructuring, and Reform Notes2. Who Chooses the Curriculum? Are Standards and Tests Necessary? About This Chapter Some Charismatic Differences of Opinion The Public Concerns, Opinions, and Influences Teachers and Teacher Organizations Respond University Professors and Researchers Respond Forms of Curriculum Control Nongovernment Influences on Curriculum Getting Ready to Design Curriculum Notes3. About How Learning Happens About This Chapter Educational Philosophy: Piaget and Constructivism Compromise The Changing Nature of the Concept of Intelligence Cognition, Metacognition, and Goals: Connections to Practice Interest Real Experiences and Technology in the Instructional Process Connecting Research to Practice: Summary Hypotheses Notes4. Choosing Standards and ?Designing Them Down? About This Chapter The Curriculum Committee Meets A Bit of History Defining Standards in New Terms Curriculum Enactment5. Constructing Creative Classrooms About This Chapter?Dealing With the Differences Organizing the Environment The Actors: The Performers and Their Director The Script: The Overall Plot Notes6. How Are We Doing? Measuring Success About This Chapter Standards and Their Measures The Purposes of Measures or Assessments A History of Assessment Forms The Quality and Consequences of High-Stakes Assessments Improving HSSB Tests Where Should Meg, April, and Brad Begin? Challenge 1: Establishing Validity and Testing Reliability Challenge 2: Tasks or Performances Versus Concepts Challenge 3: Writing Rubrics Challenge 4: Disaggregating the Assessment Results Challenge 5: Levels of Performance, Grading Challenge 6: Sharing Results With Students, Parents, and the Community Notes7. Where Do We Go From Here? About This Chapter Where Will the Leadership for Needed Change Come From? Professional Development for Teachers Using Technology and Its Networks for Sharing Curriculum and Research Technology for Communicating With Our Public NotesReferencesIndex