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NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF STATE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS COALITIONS
News Brief #1575
Category: Content Standards
TITLE: "State standards help kids on tests"

A new study shows that Illinois students taught according to state standards score higher on standardized tests.

Two University of Illinois researchers presented their findings this week in a report to the state Board of Education. About 43 percent of the schools included in the study were moving toward a standards-based system, the report said.

Students taught by teachers who adhere to the standards scored higher on the 3rd-grade reading exam, 5th- and 8th-grade math exams, and 5th-grade writing exam.

"Before it was OK, at least not considered wrong, to have lower expectations for certain subgroups," said Lizanne DeStefano, one of the researchers. "But standards clearly say what all kids should do. That has changed the mind-set for some teachers."

SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times, 20 September 2002
WEBSITE: http://www.suntimes.com/output/education/cst-nws-teach20.html

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