This article provides some historical background for the standards-based education movement and introduces essays exploring the movement from various perspectives. Although some educators remain skeptical, standards-based education may be a powerful school-improvement tool.
Buttram, J. L., & Waters, T. (1997). Improving America's Schools through Standards-Based Education. Introduction. NASSP Bulletin, 81(590), 1-6.
Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices.
Stronge, J. H. (2007). Qualities of effective teachers. ASCD.