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Topic: Summer Institute 2000 Standards discussion
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Registered: 12/4/04
Nevada Standards
Posted: Aug 5, 2000 2:30 AM
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In response to Dave Ickes' questions regarding standards...3 years ago
the Nevada Legislature jumped on the standards bandwagon and passed a
slew of things relating to standards. They created a Standards
Council separate from the Department of Education which was charged
with writing standards in a very short timeline. Math, Science and
English were first to be written. The committees consisted of
community people, business people, legislators, and 4 teachers. One
opportunity for public input into the completed draft was provided.
The standards somewhat reflect the 1989 NCTM Standards, but lots of
agendas had to be satisfied...

After the standards were adopted, my district went through a series of
activities designed to align our district curricula to the standards.
The district sought community and business input into the state
standards in its efforts to "exceed" the state standards. A small
committee of teachers then took the state standards plus the standards
added by the community and business forums and aligned these with our

Last year, the district devoted the year to providing inservice
opportunities to teachers in how to teach to standards. This included
explaining what made standards different from what we'd been doing,
identifying what we'd been doing and how that fit with standards-based
instruction, curriculum mapping, lesson design, assessment, and
interdisciplinary unit design. No workshops were content-specific.
Little reference has been made to the NCTM Standards (or other
national standards) and I'm not certain most teachers understand that
there is a difference between "standards-based teaching" or NCTM
Standards and or Nevada Standards.

<<1. Does your school district require your lessons to reference the
NCTM standards?>>
My district consists of 79 schools, 57 elementaries, 11 middle, 11
high. Some site administrators required lessons reference state
standards. I wouldn't expect any referenced NCTM standards.

<<2. Do you need to do paper work showing that what you teach in math
follow the math standards (local or state or district)? In other
words, are you required to cite any kind of standard on your lesson
Some schools required this.

<<4. How does your state treat standards? (In other words, are there
official policies that schools are supposed to follow?)>>
Districts are obligated to meet all standards. The graduating class
of 2002 will be required to pass an exit exam which tests the content
of the standards. Statewide CRT exams are also being developed for
3rd and 5th grades based on the standards.

<<5. Does your state have its own standards? Are they similar to the
NCTM Standards?>>
We have our own standards - loosly similar to the NCTM Standards (same
strands and 4 of the 5 process standards are the same). Content is
pretty different, though.

<<6. Would referencing the NCTM standards somehow with the Problems of
the Week (PoWs) be of benefit to you?>>
This would at least provide a sense of what standards each POW meets
and make it easier for teachers to find information when they were
looking for ways to meet a standard. NCTM Standards would provide a
good reference point.

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