New Standards

New Standards is a system of performance standards and assessments for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The performance standards are internationally benchmarked and indicate the level of performance that students should demonstrate in English and language arts, mathematics, science, and applied learning. The assessments measure student performance against the standards through the use of reference examinations that include traditional test items and performance tasks.

New Standards is a joint effort of the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C., and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. It is guided by a governing board composed in part of representatives of states and school districts that collectively educate nearly half the students in the United States. Thousands of classroom teachers have participated in the development of assessment tasks, scoring rubrics, and portfolios.

For more information, refer to New Standards: Performance Standards and Assessments for the Schools (National Center on Education and the Economy, 1998).

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