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The Leader’s Guide to Standards: A Blue Print for Educational Equity and Excellence

reviewed by Kim Song - 2003

coverTitle: The Leader’s Guide to Standards: A Blue Print for Educational Equity and Excellence
Author(s): Douglas B. Reeves
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787964026, Pages: 358, Year: 2002
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The relationship between standards-based learning and student learning improvement has generated a number of issues.  Many teachers have been reluctant to embrace the standards-based curriculum movement as a fundamental approach to the betterment of education; instead they regard the standards as an administrative imperative.  Twenty years ago it was unthinkable that we would see a major push for national and state standards. As Reeves notes at the outset, over the past decade, many public schools in the United States, and “throughout the world, have transformed their approach to assessing student performance from the tradition of comparing students to one another to comparing students to academic standards” (p. xv). However, many educators including administrators and teachers, parents, legislators, and students have misunderstood the roles of standards in relation to the improvement of students’ learning. In his book, Reeves tries to persuade educational leaders to improve student learning and close the achievement gap by adopting standards as a guide for planning, implementing, and assessing the curriculum. The book consists of three... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1321-1323
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11094, Date Accessed: 6/13/2021 12:52:21 AM

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  • Kim Song
    University of Missouri
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    KIM H. SONG is an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri – St. Louis in the College of Education, Division of Teaching and Learning. Her area of interest is standards-based performance assessment especially in the areas of social studies education, closing the achievement gap in teacher education programs, and electronic portfolio development. One of her recent publications is "Achievement gap in pre-service teachers in urban settings", with Christiansen, F., in Research in Education (2001).
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