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STANDARDS AND ASSESSMENT:
Section includes standards for both teachers and students; See also: (Task Force to Study the) Preparation and Licensure of School Administrators and Supervisors; See also: Editorial Board Meetings; See also: Elementary School Standards; See also: Opportunity to Learn. Regents Temporary Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum and Assessment; See also: Performance

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AFT Meeting (Standards), September-October 2003
Printed bound book, "Educating Democracy: State Standards to Ensure a Civic Core," by Paul Gagnon, 2003, Albert Shanker Institute; Skill Standards for Frontline Workers in Education and Training; No Child Left Behind publications

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AFT Standards & Assessment Working Group 2002-2003
Draft agenda; discussion papers, including "Scientifically based research and the Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Program," U.S. Department of Education, August 2002

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AFT. Standards and Assessments Working Group 5/29/03
Memos

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AFT PPC Standards 2002
Memos re PreK-12 PPC (Program and Policy Council) Standards & Assessments Working Group

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Standards. AFT 1996
Printed booklet, "Setting Stronger Standards: AFT's criteria for judging the quality and usefulness of student achievement standards," June 1996; letter from Albert Shanker commenting on New Standards Project, June 21, 1996; press release, "New AFT Report Shows Progress on Academic Standards, Problems Still Remain: Report Assesses Quality Standards Bring Developed in 50 State," August 6, 1996; "Making Standards Matter 1996" Talking Points for AFT State Leaders, "Using Making Standards Matter to Help Build the Union" (PR points); excerpt from "Making Standards Matter" re New York, noting that most (Regents?) subject standards do not meet "AFT Criterion" [sic]; handwritten notes

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Standards & Assessment Conference 2002
Agenda, workshop descriptions, and related materials

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Standards & Assessments 2001
State Education Department field memo to all teachers explaining how test scores are determined, September 2001; newspaper clipping re "dumbed-down" Regents biology test, quoting Cornell and other experts, Buffalo News , August 23, 2001; NYSUT charts of priority issues and solutions, with cover letter from Cortese to NSYUT Executive Committee, November 8, 2001; mean scores for 8th grade English and math, 1999-2001; NYSUT Guide the New Standards

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Standards, Professional 1998-1999
Draft proposed regulation, "Annual Professional Performance Review," January 4, 1999; preliminary draft, February 14, 1999, re new regulations on teacher certification to implement the new teaching policy adopted by the Regents on July 16, 1998; brochure by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, "Investing in the Future: What Policymakers Can Do," and "What Every Teacher Should Know: the National Board Certification Process Q&A, 1998-1999"; conference booklet, "Peer Assistance & Peer Review: An AFT/NEA Handbook," prepared for Shaping the Profession That Shapes the Future: An AFT/NEA Conference on Teacher Quality, September 25-27, 1998; performance appraisal guidelines for various school districts. See also: National Board Certified Teachers

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INTASC Standards for Teachers 1992-1995
Drafts for comments of "Model Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing and Development: A Resource for State Dialogue," developed by Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (and its Mathematics Subcommittee), Chief State Schools Officers Council; "Next Steps: Moving Toward Performance-Based Licensing in Teaching"

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Standards 1997
Pre-publication and final copies of AFT "Making Standards Matter 1997: An Annual Fifty-State Report on Efforts to Raise Academic Standards"; draft report, "Standards-Based Reform in New York State," National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators, developed for U.S. Department of Education; draft State Education Department document, "Update on New York State's Overall Strategy for Raising Standards," March 18, 1997, with cover letter to NYSUT research director Chuck Santelli

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Standards 1991-1996
Regents discussion paper re participation of parents and teachers in school- based planning and shared decision making, October 10, 1991; proposed regulations, October 29, 1991; NYSUT letter to local presidents urging lobbying Regents in opposition to aspects of plan, November 5, 1991; "School Reform," re standards, American Educator , 1994; AFT list of criteria for high standards, with cover memo to NYSUT Board of Directors from Cortese, November 17, 1994; NYSUT highlights on educational standards, from the NYSUT Survey of Presidents of Elementary and Secondary Teacher Locals, 1993-94; resolution passed by 1994 NYSUT Representative Assembly, "Educational Standards: Raising Expectations for All Students"; executive summary of "Promises to Keep: Creating High Standards for American Students," report to the National Education Goals Panel, November 15, 1993; State Education Department paper, "Higher Standards for Students in NYS: Developing Curriculum Frameworks," c. 1994; related materials; newspaper clippings

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Standards Materials. Business Councils 1997
Memo to 1997 Business Council Annual Meeting Education Panelists, Education Commissioner Mills, NYSUT vp Cortese, and others re annual meeting; "Getting By: What American Teenagers Really Think about Their Schools: A Report from Public Agenda," 1997; NYSUT report, "Understanding and Preparing for the New Board of Regents Student and School Accountability System," n.d.; document re Virginia's standards of learning; typed notes with handwritten comments from presentation on standards; article reprints re vouchers

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National Education Standards. I. Introduction/Contents 1992-1994
AFT information packet; NYSUT press release, "Blowing the Whistle on Education's 'Open Secret,'" re school administrators pressuring teachers to give passing grades to students who haven't earned them, March 3, 1994; U.S. General Accounting Office report to the chairman, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress: "Skill Standards: Experience in Certification Systems Shows Industry Involvement to be Key," May 1993

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National Education Standards. II. Starting with Standards 1992
Excerpts from speech delivered at American Sociological Association, "Developing National Standards in Education," by Diana Ravitch, August 22, 1992; excerpt from April 1985 Educational Researcher , "Standards, Curriculum, and Performance: A Historical and Comparative Perspective"

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National Education Standards. III. National Standards: Issues & Questions 1992
"AFT Background Paper on National Standards and Assessments," n.d., c. 1992; "Raising Standards for American Education: A Report to Congress, the Secretary of Education, the National Education Goals Panel, and the American People," by the National Council on Education Standards and Testing, January 24, 1992; AFT resolution on national education standards and assessments, 1992; columns by Albert Shanker

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National Education Standards. IV. National Standards in Practice 1992
Excerpt from "Curriculum Evaluation and Standards for School Mathematics," prepared by the working groups of the Commission on Standards for School Mathematics of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; draft excerpt, "Standards in United States History, Grades 5-8: Revolution and the New Nation," from Guidelines for Developing Standards in U.S. and World History , National Council for History Standards

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National Test 1991-1998
Issues of Education Daily re Bush I administration national test proposal; letter to Cortese from U.S. Secretary of Education thanking her for service on National Test Panel to develop test specifications, March 6, 1998. See also: Fair Test; See also: Student Assessment; See also: Testing, Student

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Statewide Forum on Higher Standards in Schools 2000
Letter to NYSUT president Tom Hobart from State Education Department re forum

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Statewide Forum on Standards Implementation 11/16/00
Letter to NYSUT president Hobart from State Education Department re forum, September 18, 2000; memo from Cortese to NYSUT Board of Directors re developing NYSUT policy statement for forum; "Statement by NYSUT for the Statewide Forum on Standards Implementation," October 23, 2000; report on status of Education Department's plans for limited-English proficiency students; national comparison of exit-level high school math examinations; SED press release, "Vast Majority of High School Seniors Pass Regents English Exam to Graduate," with attached report, November 9, 2000

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Statewide Forum on Standards Implementation (folder 1 of 2) 1998-2000
"School Leadership for the 21st Century," Statement of the Blue Ribbon Panel on School Leadership, March 2000 (Commissioner Mills, chair); State Education Department publication, "Teaching to Higher Standards: New York's Commitment," July 1998; UFT Statement on Standards Implementation; related materials

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Statewide Forum on Standards Implementation (folder 2 of 2) 1997-2000
Statement by NYSUT for the Statewide Forum on Standards Implementation, October 23, 2000; State Education Department proposal to revise graduation requirements, November 14, 1997; SED brochures re general education and diploma requirements, September 2000

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Statewide Conference on Student Assessment 5/6/91
Materials for symposium on performance assessment, "Multiple Choices: Reforming Student Testing in NYS," 1991

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Task Force on Student Assessment (NYSUT) (folder 1of 3) 1990
NYSUT policy statement; correspondence; articles re national assessment standards

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Task Force on Student Assessment (NYSUT), Clippings (folder 2 of 3) 1990
Newspaper clippings and trade journal articles

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Task Force on Student Assessment (NYSUT), Report (folder 3 of 3) 1990
Drafts of final report; description of Schools Without Walls

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Task Force on Student Assessment, NYSUT 10/29/90
Facilitative correspondence from vp Cortese re next meeting

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Task Force on Student Assessment 7/20/90
Memo from vp Cortese outlining agenda for July 20, 1990, meeting of Ad Hoc NYSUT Task Force on Student Assessment; attendance sheet for July 20 meeting; summary notes from May 23 meeting; summary of future plans, June 22; New York Campaign for Genuine Accountability in Education (American Reading Council, FairTest, and NYPIRG) Statement to Urge a Ban on Standardized Testing of Young Children, sent by NYPIRG to NYSUT task force

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Task Force on Student Assessment 5/23/90
Meeting agenda; summary minutes of April 9, 1990, meeting; attendance sheet; resource material on Student Assessment (article reprints from Phi Delta Kappan , Education Week , and paper, "Linking Restructuring to Authentic Student Achievement," by Fred M. Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented to Indiana University Annual Conference, April 11, 1990); handwritten notes

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Task Force on Student Assessment 4/2/90
Agenda; article reprints re assessment; outline of presentation by Paul Hill, Rand Corporation; handwritten notes

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Task Force on Student Assessment 1990
State Education Department discussion paper, Report on State and Local Testing Programs, "A New Compact for Learning: Assessing Results," October 31, 1990; summary notes of May 23, 1990, meeting of Task Force on Student Assessment; paper, "The Catalytic Role of Educational Assessment in Guiding Education Reform and School Improvement: Toward a New Generation of Student Outcome Measures," Pascal Forgione, Jr., Ph.D., Connecticut State Department of Education, November15, 1990, presented at AFT State Federation Presidents' Meeting; testimony of Antonia Cortese, First Vice President, NYSUT, to the NYS Assembly Standing Committee in Education at the Public Hearing on Review of the Regents Action Plan, January 10, 1990; State Education Department and NYSUT materials re public school performance on 1999 and 2000 elementary English assessment, May and June 2000

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Student Assessment 1975-2001
Position papers by Association for Childhood Education International and National Association of Elementary School Principals, "On Standardized Testing and Evaluation," October 1976, "Testing and Evaluation: New Views," 1975; State Education Department document, "A System of Accountability for Student Success: An Implementation Manual for Schools with Elementary- and Middle-Level Grades," January 2001; summary of assessment data, 1999-2000 annual data; technical information regarding establishment of adequate yearly progress targets; paper by Grant Wiggins, "Authentic Assessment: Examples of Performance-Based, Open-Ended and Portfolio Assessments," 1990; NYPIRG report, "Failing Our Children: How Standardized Tests Damage New York's Youngest Students," 1989. See also: Standards & Assessment. National Test; See also: Testing, Student; See also: Fair Test

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Student Assessment 5/11-12/89
Biographical sketches of Paul Hill and Grant Wiggins; conference announcement, "Participatory Leadership: School and the Workplace"; staff discussion document re National Science Foundation and state and urban initiatives

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Student Assessment 1987-1990
Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) technical reports, "Evaluation for School Improvement: Try-Out of a Comprehensive School-Based Model," 1987, "The Texas Teacher Test," 1987, and related materials re CRESST; materials against standardized testing, by FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing and New York Campaign for Genuine Accountability in Education; paper, "The Tests: Trivial or Toxic?" by Susan Harmon, n.d.; Phi Delta Kappan special section on testing, May 1989

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Student Assessment (1) 1988-1989
National Association of Secondary School Principals publication, Beyond Standardized Testing: Assessing Authentic Academic Achievement in the Secondary School , Doug Archbald and Fred Newmann, 1988; "What to Say after You've Said, 'Let's Use Alternative Assessment!'" San Diego City Schools; paper, "Tests as Standards of Achievement in Schools," Lauren B. Resnick, University of Pittsburgh, prepared for Educational Testing Service Conference, "The Uses of Standardized Tests in American Education," October 1989; correspondence from Committee for Appropriate Literacy Evaluation; UFT fourth-grade science test survey of teachers, August 1989; related materials

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Student Assessment (2) 2001
Presentation points, "Public School Performance on the 1990 and 2000 Elementary-Level and Middle-Level Assessments; Exit Level Comparison Math: Texas, Ohio and New York; letter from State Education Department re component retesting, February 2001; letter from Cortese to Commissioner Mills re NYSUT position on science and math tests, June 7, 2001

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Student Assessment (3) 1988-1990
New Zealand Department of Education public discussion document, "Assessment for Better Learning," 1989; CRESST technical report, "Can We Fairly Measure the Quality of Education?" c. 1988; correspondence and materials from National Assessment Governing Board, June 14, 1990; newspaper clippings; handwritten notes

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Student Assessment (4). Report of NYSUT Task Force 1990
Drafts of report of NYSUT Task Force on Student Assessment, "Multiple Choices: Reforming Student Testing in New York State"

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Student Assessment (5) 1990-1991
Articles about proposals for national standards; reading comprehension tests developed by teacher Norman Zierier, Utica, and correspondence with Cortese, 1991

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Student Assessment (6) 1990-1991
Report of the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy, "From Gatekeeper to Gateway: Transforming Testing in America," 1990; materials re portfolio assessment; article reprints and clippings; memo re proposed legislation banning testing below 3rd grade

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Student Assessment (7) 1989-1990
State Education Department booklet, "Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs," n.d.; invoice for writing and editing Task Force on Student Assessment report, January 23, 1990; correspondence with educators in United Kingdom

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Student Assessment Task Force 1990
Draft report of task force, with cover letter to NYSUT Board of Directors, November 21, 1990; revised draft, December 5, 1990

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Student Assessment. Peter D. Hart Survey 1995-1997
NYSUT press release re Hart survey, "Poll: New Yorkers Want to Take Back the Schools," March 16, 1995; memo from Hart Research to AFL-CIO, "Executive Summary of Focus Group Findings on Union Members' Political Attitudes," noting only weak identification with Democratic party, apathy toward Republican Congress, disengagement from politics, and sympathy toward conservative viewpoints, September 19, 1995; Hart survey, "Attitudes toward Public Education: A Survey of New York State Voters: Executive Summary," March 16, 1995; memo from Hart Research (Geoff Garin) to NYSUT with attached results for each question in survey of voters in NYS re opinion on public schools, taken April 23- 28, 1997; confidential Hart report, "A Survey of Attitudes among Teachers in New York State," same subject matter, April 1997; presentation consolidating results of both surveys of public and teachers, "New York Teachers," 1997; Hart survey, "New York State Teachers: Focus Groups," February 1997; press release, "NYSUT Calls for Sweeping Changes in Student Testing," March 21, 1991; State Education Department report, "A New Compact for Learning: A Partnership to Improve Educational Results," 1990. See also: Surveys

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Student Achievement. Urban High Schools 1999
"Changing Urban High Schools," report from the National Working Meeting, co- sponsored by Annenberg Institute, October 2000; report by Center on Educational Policy and the American Youth Policy Forum, "Do You Know the Good News about American Education?" n.d., c. 1999; AFT memo to participants in the "What Works for Urban Schools" panel, July 22, 1999; New York Times article, "Elementary Reading Scores for Long Island Schools," May 27, 2001. See also: Teacher Unions & Student Performance

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SUNY Task Force on College Entry-Level Knowledge and Skills 1992-1993
Advance copy of task force report, "SUNY 2000: College Expectations," October 1992; draft preliminary report, February 26, 1992; College Board publication, "Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do," 1983