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Standards-based education is a process for planning, delivering, monitoring and improving academic programs in which clearly defined academic content standards provide the basis for content in instruction and assessment. In standards-based education, the standards help to ensure that students learn what is important, rather than allowing textbooks to dictate classroom practice. Student learning is the focus of standards-based education. Standards-based education aims for a high and deep level of student understanding that goes beyond traditional textbook-based or lesson-based instruction.

Although standards define individual skills, standards-based education does not promote a skill-by-skill methodology. Multiple standards can and should be integrated in instructional activities.