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Taming the Standards: A Commonsense Approach to Higher Student Achievement, K-12


reviewed by Launcelot Brown — 2004

coverTitle: Taming the Standards: A Commonsense Approach to Higher Student Achievement, K-12
Author(s): Janet Hurt
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325005923 , Pages: 136, Year: 2003
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In the book, Taming the Standards: A Commonsense Approach to Higher Student Achievement, K-12, Janet Hurt uses her vast experience to offer a practical guide to aligning the school curriculum to state and federal mandated standards. The book is organized by chapters each beginning with a quote from a teacher. As the author explains, “each chapter is organized around the step being addressed, scaffolding learning from the previous chapter and spiraling into the next” (p. xvi). Throughout the book each procedure is illustrated by practical examples from teachers who have worked through the process. To the author’s credit, these examples represent application of the procedure in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  The chapters end with the author highlighting the pitfalls to avoid as you implement the various steps in aligning the curriculum to the standards, a vocabulary list to facilitate common understanding among readers, and a selection of texts and articles for further reading.   This publication is timely, for it addresses an issue that is current and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1611-1614
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11289, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:51:46 AM

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  • Launcelot Brown
    Duquesne University
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    LAUNCELOT BROWN is an assistant professor in the Department of Foundations and Leadership at Duquesne University's School of Education. His specific research interest is in school leadership, and issues that impact school effectiveness in the English-speaking Caribbean.
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