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Policy Brief

Developing Content Standards: Creating a Process for Change

Education leaders at every level of the system are developing standards to specify what students should know and be able to do in key subject areas.  Local and state groups, professional organizations, and consortia of states and districts are constructing standards.  This brief outlines some lessons suggested by past and current efforts to develop ambitious stndards.  It draws on studies by CPRE researchers of standardis-setting processes in five states: Vermont, Kentucky, New York, California, and South Carolina; and three national curriculum standards projects.

Publication Date

October 1993