New research is again highlighting the wide variation in states’ student performance standards and overly optimistic reports of student proficiency. Alicia Garcia argues that, going forward, states must adopt evidence-based methods of standard setting that prepare students to compete in the global marketplace.
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13 Feb 2015
Content standards, not performance standards, have been almost the sole focus of state policies and recent conversations about academic standards. Aiming High: Setting Performance Standards for Student Success shows that state performance standards are consistently low and extremely variable across states. To address this issue, states should adopt evidence-based methods for setting standards, such as the benchmark method, to ensure students are prepared to compete in the global marketplace.