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Agricultural Biotechnology. National skill standards for careers in agricultural biotechnology are being developed by the National Future Farmers of America Foundation, 5632 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, Box 15160, Alexandria, VA 22309-0160. Contact: Bernard L. Staller at 703-360-3600 or Dr. Jeff Moss at 309-862-3837.

Arts. National Standards for Arts Education: What Every Young American Should Know and Be Able To Do in the Arts [ISBN: 1-56545-036-1] was developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations (American Alliance for Theatre & Education; Music Educators National Conference; National Art Education Association; and National Dance Association.) Copies are available from the Music Educators National Conference, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 22091. Telephone: 800-828-0229. A companion report, The Vision for Arts Education in the 21st Century [ISBN 1-56545-025-6] contains the ideas and ideals behind the development of the national standards for education in the arts.

Automotive Technicians. National skill standards for automobile, autobody, and truck (medium and heavy) technicians are being devleoped by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, 13505 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon VA 22071-3421. Contact: Bob Weber or Patricia Linquist at 703-713-3800 or -0100; Fax: 703-713-0727.

Bioscience. National Standards are provided in Gateway to the Future: Skill Standards for the Bioscience Industry. In addition, the project has prepared Bioscience Education and Training Program Directory which lists programs across the nation that meet these standards. Educational Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158-1060. Telephone: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-244-3436. Contact: Judith Leff.

CADD. National skill standards for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) are being developed by the Foundation for Industrial Modernization, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1500 North Tower, Washington DC 20004-1703. Contact: Jane Beardsworth at 202-662-8970; Fax: 202-637-3182.

Chemical Technicians. National Skill Standards for the Chemical Process Industries are being developed by the American Chemical Society, 115 16th Street NW, Washington DC. Contact: Kenneth Chapman at 202-872-8734.

Civics. National Standards for Civics and Government. The Center for Civic Education at 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, California 91302-1467. Telephone: 818-591-9321.

Construction. National skill standards for heavy highway construction and environmental remediation and demolition are being developed by the Laborers AGC Education and Training Fund, 37 Deerfield Road, P. O. Box 37, Pmfret Center, CT 06259. One report, Concrete Worker Skill Standards, is available in draft form. Contact: John Tippie 203-974-0800; Project Director: James Warren.

Economics. National Standards for Economics Education. The National Council on Economic Education, 1140 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; Telephone: 212-730-7007.

Educational Technology. National Educational Technology Standards. Expectations for what students should know about technology and be able to do with technology; for how technology should be used throughout the curriculum for teaching, learning, and instructional management; and for staff development and support services necessary to make students technologically literate. Published in July 1998 by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403-1923; Phone: 541-346-4414; Fax: 541-346-5890. Copies may be ordered from ISTE at 480 Charnelton Street, Eugene, OR 97401-2626; Phone: 800-336-5191; Fax: 541-302-3778; E-mail: cust_svc@ccmail.uoregon.edu.

English. Standards for the English Language Arts. Published jointly by NCTE and IRA in 1996, these Standards seek "to ensure that all students are knowledgeable and proficient users of language." National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096; Telephone: 800-369-6283 or 217-328-3870; Fax: 217-328-9645. International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19712-8139; Telephone: 800-336-7323 or 302-731-1600; Fax: 302-731-1057.

Electronics. Setting the Standard: A Handbook on Skills Standards for the High Tech Industry. American Electronics Association (AEA), 1225 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC. Telephone: 202-682-9110. AEA Customer Service Center, P. O. Box 54990, Santa Clara CA 95056; telephone: 408-987-4200. Contact: Cheryl Field Tyler at 800-284-4232.

Electrical Construction. The skills standards project for electrical construction is sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814. Contact: Charles Kelly: 301-657-3110.

Foreign Languages. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Six Executive Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; Telephone: 914-963-8830.

Forest Products. National skill standards for Forest and Wood Products Production and Manufacturing are being developed by the Foundation for Industrial Modernization, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1500 North Tower, Washington DC 20004-1703. (This is part of the advanced high performance manufacturing initiative.) Contact: Jane Beardsworth at 202-662-8970; Fax: 202-637-3182.

Geography. Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards was published in 1994. National Council for Geographic Education, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-4688; Telephone: 202-775-7832; 800-368-2728. Executive Director: Anthony de Souza.

Groceries. National skills standards for the grocery trade is being developed by the National Grocers' Association, 1825 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston VA 22090. Contact: James Williams (703)437-5300.

Hazardous Materials. National Voluntary Skills Standards: Hazardous Materials Management Technology has been prepared by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), P. O. Box 21689, Waco, TX 76710. Contact: Dan Hull or Jim Johnson at 817-772-8756.

Health. Association for the Advancement of Health Education, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; Telephone: 703-476-3437. Educational goals are set forth in America 2000 and Turning Points, health promotion goals in Healthy People 2000 and Code Blue.

Health Care. The National Health Care Skill Standards has been published by the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242; telephone: 415-565-3070; Fax: 415-565-3000. Contact: Graham Charles at gcharle@fwl.org Project Director: Sri Ananda.

HVAC. National standards for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration are being developed by the Vocational-Technical Education Consortium of States (V-TECS), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. Contact: Victor Harville at 800-248-7701; Fax: 404-679-4556.

History. National Standards for United States History, World History, and K-4 History. Published by The National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA, 1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 927, Box 951599, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1588. Fax: 310- 794-6740; E-Mail: history@lands.sscnet.ucla.edu. On-line versions:

Printed copies can be ordered from the UCLA Store (Telephone: 310-206-0788; Fax: 310-825-0382; e-mail: asucla@ucla.edu.

On-line access to some of the debate about the National History Standards can be found at the Web site Debate over National Standards for World History maintained by Haines Brown (E-mail: brownh@ccsu.ctstateu.edu). A detailed review entitled History in the Making is available for $8.00 from the Council for Basic Education, 1319 F St., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone: 202-347-4171.

Hospitality and Tourism. The National Skills Standards for Hospitality and Tourism are being developed by the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. Contact: Doug Adair at 202-331-5990.

Human Services. The Community Support Skills Standards Project is being develped by the Human Services Research Institute (2336 Massachusetts Avenue., Cambridge, MA 02140) and the Educational Development Center in cooperation with The Arc. Contact: Valerie Bradley at 617-876-0426.

Industrial Laundry. National skill standards for industrial laundry are being devleoped by the Institute of Industrial Launderers, 1730 M St. NW, Washington DC. Contact: David Dunlap at 202-296-6744 Project Director: Geoffrey Northrey.

Manufacturing. National skill standards for Advanced High-Performance Manufacturing are being developed by the Foundation for Industrial Modernization, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1410 North Tower, Washington DC 20004. Contact: C. J. Schroll at telephone 202-662-8968, Fax 202-662-8969 or e-mail at chshroll@aol.com.

Mathematics (School). Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. Published in 1989 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1906 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091; Telephone: 703-620-9840; Fax: 703-476-2970 ; E-mail: infocentral@nctm.org. Subsequent volumes, also published by NCTM, deal with pedagogy (Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics) and assessment (Assessment Standards for School Mathematics).

Mathematics (College). Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory College Mathematics Before Calculus. Published in 1995 by the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC), State Technical Institute at Memphis, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134. Telephone: 901-383-4663; Fax: 901-383-4503; E-mail: amatyc@stim.tec.tn.us.

Metalworking. National skill standards for metalworking are being developed by the National Tool and Machining Association, 9300 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington, MD. Contact: William Ruxton at 301-248-6200.

Photonics. The report National Photonics Skill Standard for Technicians has been prepared by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), P. O. Box 21689, Waco, TX 76710. Contact: Darrell Hull at 817-772-8756. A Photonics Education web server has been created to provide follow-up information.

Physical Education. Outcomes of Quality Physical Education Programs was published in 1992; work continues on national standards for teaching and performance assessment. National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; Telephone: 703-476-3410.

Printing. The National Printing Skill and Knowledge Standards were published in three volumes in November 1995 by the graphic arts industry:

The price for each volume is $20 or $49 for all three. Additional shipping charges apply. Order from: The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), 4615 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213i-3796; Telephone: 800-910-GATF (-4283) or 412-621-6941; Fax: 412-621-3049. Nonmembers must prepay. Contact the Order Department (Jack Simich) for details. Project Director: John Burgess.

Retail Trades. National skills standards for the retail trades are being developed by the National Retail Federation, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC. Contact: Robert Hall at 202-783-7971.

Science. National Science Education Standards. Published in December 1995 by the National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment (NCSESA) of the National Research Council. [ISBN 0-309-05326-9]. Copies can be ordered from the National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20055. Telephone: 800-624-6242. Single copy $19.95, 2-9 copies $16.50 each, 10+ copies $13.95 each.

Social Studies. National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark Street NW, Washington, DC 20016-3167; Telephone: 202-966-7840.

Speech. Voluntary national standards for speech and commmunication have been published in a pamphlet entitled "Speaking, Listening, and Media Literacy Standards for K-12 Education." Free copies are available from the Speech Communication Association, 5105 Backlick Road, Building E, Annandale, VA 22003; Telephone: 703-750-0533; Fax: 703-914-9471; E-mail: rberko@scassn.org.

Technology. The National Education Technology Standards outline what students should learn about technology by the end of the second, fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Prepared by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Eugene, Oregon. Telephone: 541-346-4414.

Welding. National skills for the welding industry are being developed by the American Welding Society, 550 Northwest LeJeune Road, Miami, FL 33126. Contact: Nelson Wall 305-443-9353.