Standard-based curriculum

The next generation of the outcome-based curriculum was standard based curriculum that goes even further in setting the criteria what students should know and be able to do in different subjects and at different phases of schooling.

The basic logic of standard based curriculum concept is that the state, for example Ministry of Education, sets the standards for teaching and learning that are the same for all students, teachers and schools. These standards are normally subject-specific, detailed descriptions of expected learning outcomes per grade or phase of schooling.

These state-level standards are then a basis for curriculum planning. In other words, curriculum is designed using the students learning as a point of departure. A particular strength of educational standards is their power to provide measureable criteria to be used in evaluating the quality of education.

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