Standards of Valuable Education Reforms

Fred Newmann and Gary Wehlage, Five Standards of Authentic Instruction, 50, Educational Leadership, 8-12 (April 1993).

Wisconsin’s Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools developed a system to help schools differentiate valuable education reforms from the superficial or procedural changes that do little to improve education.  The authors emphasize students’ roles in producing knowledge and meaning beyond that necessary to achieve success in school.  The standards are:  1) higher-order thinking, 2) depth of knowledge, 3) connectedness to the world beyond the classroom, 4) substantive conversation, and 5) social support for student achievement. 


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