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Science and Mathematics Standards in the Classroom...continued:

The good and bad from Colorado and California...

I am familiar with only two standards development processes: California and Colorado. In Colorado, many teachers were involved in the process. While few people are happy with the final document in its entirety, it has achieved substantial overall acceptance because of the developmental process employed. The California process was blatantly political - suggestions of teachers and science educators from all levels were ignored as a set of standards totally out of line with those described in this review were adopted.

I suspect that Colorado and California represent the two ends of the standards development continuum. I hope your experience with development of state or local standards was more like Colorado than California. However, no matter how your standards were developed and adopted, you as "teachers" will be expected to implement them. That is the thrust of this review.


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