Understanding the creation and development of educational standards is important in this age of accountability. National standards provide criteria by which judgments can be made at the national; regional; state; provincial or local levels on the quality of education. Most standards are based on a “vision” of what should be and they provide concrete expressions of national goals and directions for school disciplines.
The Technology for All Americans Project has been created by the International Technology Education Association and funded by two very respected federal agencies in the United States; the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; to develop national standards for the school subject that teaches about technology. The Project is completing its first phase which is the development of a plan for the standards that specifically addresses what each pupil should know about; be able to do and value in technology. The second phase; hopefully to be funded after the first phase; will focus on creating the standards (grades K-4; 5-8 and 9-12); as well as teacher enhancement and preparation standards; program standards and student assessment standards.
The long range goal for America’s schools is to provide a more technologically literate and capable citizenry who will be productive and socially responsible in the future.