Everything teachers plan for teaching and assessing should be clearly focused on what students should be able to know and do. These expectations are expressed in the content standards, students’ performance standards and bench marks.
ii. High expectations of all students
The principle of high expectation is about insisting that work be at a very high standard before it is accepted as completed and achieved. Opportunities should be provided for students to work towards reaching the set standards.
iii. Equal opportunities for all students
In a standards based curriculum, the national content standards are designed for all students throughout the country regardless of the context. These standards are clearly outlined in the syllabus. It is up to individual schools, classes and teachers to plan how these standards can be achieved. A national assessment and monitoring tool will be used to assess, monitor and evaluate the success of the students’ attainment or achievements for the set national and content standards.
iii. Expanded opportunities to learn
The SBC will target the empowerment of rural, urban, average and intellectual population. It allows flexibility to accommodate both able and disadvantaged to discover their potential in order to pursue their interest through the learning standards set in the curriculum. It establishes clarity about the standards we expect our young people to achieve so that they can compete confidently with the best of their peers globally. Learning is progressive.