Taking Stock

What Have We Learned About Making Education Standards Internationally Competitive?

Summary of a Workshop

Alexandra Beatty, Editor

Board on International Comparative Studies in Education

Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1997



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--> NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance. This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.This report was supported by Cooperative Grant No. OSR-9355774 from the National Science Foundation, which includes funds from the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project. International Standard Book Number 0-309-05944-5 Additional copies of this report are available from: National Academy Press 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Lock Box 285 Washington, D.C. 20055 Call 800-624-6242 or 202-334-3313 (in the Washington Metropolitan Area). This report is also available on line at http://www.nap.edu Printed in the United States of America Copyright 1997 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

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--> BOARD ON INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN EDUCATION Michael W. Kirst (Chair), School of Education, Stanford University Gordon M. Ambach (Ex officio), Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, D.C. Christopher T. Cross, Council for Basic Education, Washington, D.C. John A. Dossey, Department of Mathematics, Illinois State University Ronald K. Hambleton, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Ruth E.S. Hayhoe, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Paul G. LeMahieu, University of Delaware and Delaware Department of Public Instruction Mary M. Lindquist, School of Education, Columbus State University Marlaine E. Lockheed, Human Development Department, World Bank, Washington, D.C. Lynn W. Paine, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University Andrew C. Porter, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison Francisco O. Ramirez, School of Education, Stanford University Janet S. Hansen, Director Alexandra Beatty, Program Officer M. Jane Phillips, Senior Project Assistant

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--> Contents     Introduction   1     What Are Internationally Competitive Education Standards?   5     Standard-Setting as a Political Process   9     Implementing Standards   14     Summing Up   22     References   25 Appendix A   Workshop Participants   29 Appendix B   Workshop Agenda   33 Appendix C   Workshop Papers   37

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