Note that standards neither dictate how the material should be ''presented'', nor how students should be ''treated'' based on their progress regarding established learning goals. Rather, the standards are an outline of essential concepts to be included, as well as a suggestion to how to structure them.
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Calfornia, Florida and Ohio are among states that are leaders in standards. Where the leaders go, the others tend to follow.
[http://www.cde.ca.gov/standards/ California standards]
[http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_stnd.htm Colorado standards]
[http://www.firn.edu/doe/curric/prek12/frame2.htm Florida standards] (links to PDF files)
[http://www.ode.state.oh.us/academic_content_standards/ Ohio standards]
==Why use standards?==
*To ever be '''used by a class in a real school''' the book must adhere to state standards
**more '''people using our books''' and therefore served by our labor
**more '''donations''' from institutional givers, which could translate to less site down time and new software features
The Advanced Placement® program, run by the College Entrance Examination Board, allows high school students to receive college/university level credit in various subjects. Since these standards must reflect to some level both high-school level and university standards, they may be of some help in creating standards-based textbooks.
[http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/subjects.html AP Subjects]
==Standards in United Kindom==
The [http://www.nc.uk.net/index.html National Curriculum Online] from the [http://www.qca.org.uk/ Qualifications and Curriculum Authority] seems specific to England but also has links to sites that are specific to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
==Standards in Australia==
This list gives an accessible resource for Australians who want to write textbooks for the Australian curriculum. These will vary by State, though certain things will be covered on a federal level. The standards are usually decided by the Department for Education and Training (in Victoria) and affect all primary school, secondary school, TAFE (technical and further education) and university students studying an accredited Australian course in an Australian educational institution (or an international institution offering Australian curriculum as part of its offering).
[http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/ov/ov.htm Curriculum and Standards Framework website] (from the [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ Victorian Curriculum and Asessment Authority]):
The Key Learning Areas are:
[http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/ar/ksar.htm The Arts], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/en/ksen.htm English] and [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/es/kses.htm ESL Companion], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/hp/kohp.htm Health and Physical Education], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/lo/kolo.htm Languages other than English], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/ma/koma.htm Mathematics], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/sc/kosc.htm Science], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/so/lsso.htm Studies of Society and Environment], [http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/csfcd/te/kote.htm Technology].
===New South Wales===
[http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Board of Studies]
===Australian Capital Territory===
[http://www.decs.act.gov.au/bsss/welcome.htm Board for Senior Secondary Studies ] (years 11 and 12):
[http://www.tassab.tased.edu.au Tasmanian Secondary Assessment Board]
[http://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/ Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies]
[http://www.education.nt.gov.au Northern Territory Department of Education]
[http://www.dete.sa.gov.au South Australian Education Department]
[http://www.curriculum.wa.edu.au Curriculum Council of Western Australia]
==Standards in New Zealand==
The [http://www.nzqa.govt.nz New Zealand Qualifications Authority] has produced a wide range (thousands) of modular "unit" standards that set out the learning objectives and assessment criteria for almost all topics taught in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions. Many of these are competency based standard at a topic level within a subject.
Text book authors may find this approach useful for segmenting their books into pages or topics and pitching the topic to an appropriate audience.
Note: Level 1 standards are taught in Year 11 (14-16 year olds) while level 7 standards are at a tertiary institution graduate level. (Qualifications are attained by achieving the required unit standards.)