Leading a Standards-Based System: Aligning Policy to Standards
In this policy brief, Robert Hull (director of NASBE’s Center for College, Career, and Civic Readiness) presents components that state boards of education need to consider when aligning policy to a standards-based system. Adoption and implementation of new standards is not enough to help students excel in college and careers. To ensure high levels of student performance, Hull writes that state boards of education must integrate all other education system components with educational standards. Hull includes a graphic of his standards-based framework: standards are placed in the central hub of a wheel of all other education components, which include expectations, curriculum, materials, measures of effectiveness, accountability system, and professional learning. In the brief, Hull describes each of these components and how they align to educational standards. Hull also includes links to three states’ strategic plans as examples of alignment between policy and standards.