ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE AND LEARNING STANDARDS
New York State is engaged in a serious effort to raise standards for all students, including adult learners. The strategy for raising standards, as articulated by Commissioner Richard Mills, includes three elements:
The learning standards approved by the Board of Regents reflect the intensive, collaborative work conducted over the past few years by the State Education Department and by national groups, such as the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST), the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the New Standards Project.
Learning standards have two primary dimensions. Content standards describe what students should know, understand, and be able to do. Performance standards define levels of student achievement pertaining to content. The teaching and learning which takes place in between these two dimensions is, perhaps, the most crucial element of the entire process.
The Need for Higher Standards
The effort to raise learning standards for adult literacy is linked directly to the K-12 initiative. The need for higher standards for adults and parents is evident. Research by the Rand Corporation (1996) indicates that one of the most important influences on student test scores is the level of parental education. Other research offers compelling evidence of this important link.
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