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The Vision: High-Priority Learning Standards

MISSION: School Transformation is inspired and guided by the visioning document Creating a New Vision for Texas Public Education, produced by the Public Education Visioning Institute.

Article II: The New Learning Standards

The new digital environment demands new learning standards for students so that they will have the values and the capabilities to live, learn, and earn in a free society surrounded by a world that is truly global, connected, and increasingly competitive in scope and character.

Supporting Premises

  • Standards should be clear, attainable, and high enough to provide for a system of student performance variance where all can experience success and challenge.

  • Learning should be specified to the “profound level,” that is, students are able to apply their learning to new situations, to synthesize, solve problems, create knowledge, and cultivate and utilize the full range of their capabilities.

  • Learning standards should embrace development of the whole person to build students’ capacity to shape their own destiny as individuals and as contributing members of society.

  • Standards should respect and value students’ “multiple intelligences” and talents and provide opportunities for all students to excel and experience success.

  • Standards should tap curiosity and imagination in the traditional academic core, aesthetic, and skill areas in a way that lack of proficiency in any one area does not discourage students from recognizing and pursuing their special talents and learning in other areas.
  • New learning standards should reflect realities of the new digital era, where students are not just consumers of knowledge, but creators of knowledge.

  • Content standards should serve as frameworks that assist teachers and students in creating learning experiences that motivate student success.

  • Standards should be flexible enough to provide for expansion and extension by local districts and their communities.

  • Guidance should be given to teachers’ daily work so they can make the content standards clear and compelling to their students for each unit of focus.

  • Standards should be framed so they do not sacrifice the profound learning desired for easy and low-cost state assessment and accountability measures.

  • When competent, caring teachers provide properly designed learning experiences in inspiring social environments, all students will engage and can meet or exceed a reasonable variance to the standards.

  • Standards should result in all students being committed and equipped to be competent lifetime learners, well-prepared for further formal education and to pursue multiple careers.

Future-Ready

“We have to prepare them to be agile, to be flexible, to be problem solvers, to embrace new things ... to analyze issues in front of them, those are the skills that are really important because we can’t teach them about something we don’t know.” — Nola Wellman, Eanes ISD

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