In response to the need to ensure that standards fulfill their promise of supporting a system of education that leaves no child behind, McREL created a multimedia, multi-site, ongoing nationwide dialogue related to standards-based reform efforts. These dialogues provided participants with opportunities to share underlying assumptions, beliefs, and research about how to effectively implement standards-based reform to realize the overarching goal of the standards movement ? to help all students achieve high standards. This report details the outcomes of the National Dialogue over the course of the past four years and provides insights into how decision makers might capitalize on the findings to effect the changes necessary to ensure that all children succeed. The framework, overview, and findings from the dialogue are presented in this document, along with conclusions and recommendations. The following is appended: Evaluation of the National Dialogue.
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