Information Technology & Goals of Standards-Based Instruction

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This article examines goals of standards-based reform in education and ways in which developments in information technology have facilitated those goals. Since standards-based reform is a rather general concept, I begin by developing a more specific formulation which I refer to as the “standards-based instruction and assessment” model. Developments in information technology over the last fifteen years have contributed in important ways to the goals of standards-based reform at the policy level, but difficult organizational and technical challenges still have to be overcome to realize more fully the goal of standards-based instruction and assessment in instructional management and practice within schools and classrooms.


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Archbald, D. A. (2001). Information Technology & Goals of Standards-Based Instruction. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 9, 48.
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Douglas A. Archbald, University of Delaware

Dr. Douglas A. Archbald, is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy in the doctoral program at the University of Delaware in the College of Human Services, Education, and Public Policy. Dr. Archbald teaches course in Education Policy, Educational Evaluation, Curriculum, and Legal Issues in Education. As a core faculty member of the Delaware Academy for School Leadership, Dr. Archbald works with education leaders on the use and management of education data for planning and decision-making. Dr. Archbald has been a principal investigator for several national research studies and published more than 35 articles, book chapters, and commissioned research reports, including Beyond Standardized Testing: Assessing Authentic Academic Achievement in the Secondary School (co-authored with Dr. Fred Newmann in 1988).