Wikibooks:Textbook standards

Many states have developed curriculum standards for their public schools. These standards give an age-appropriate outline and structure that can be used to develop textbooks and supporting materials for all schoolgoing ages.

The standards are in fact quite useful. They are painstaking and exhaustive organizations of material with regard to the appropriate level of the curriculum. Teams of trained professionals have already done a big chunk of the work in developing high-quality textbooks. It falls to the contributors at Wikibooks to flesh out this work and deliver it in a way that will be useful and pertinent.

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. Standards are often credited with improving educational attainment in schools. Another way to look at standards is the state telling students, parents and teachers what not to teach.

Why use standards?Edit

  • In order to be used by a class in a real school the book must adhere to set standards
  • Standards compliance gives the books an authority equal to other textbooks
  • Once we have one or two top-quality, standards-compliant books on the site, they will serve as a sales tool and bring attention and credibility, which opens us up both to
    • 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

Standards in AustraliaEdit

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).


Curriculum and Standards Framework website and Victorian Certificate of Education, VCE(from the Victorian Curriculum and Asessment Authority):

New South WalesEdit

Board of Studies

Australian Capital TerritoryEdit

Board for Senior Secondary Studies (years 11 and 12)

ACT Department of Education and Training (preschool-year 10)


Tasmanian Qualifications Authority


Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies

Northern TerritoryEdit

Northern Territory Department of Education

South AustraliaEdit

South Australian Education Department

Western AustraliaEdit

Curriculum Council of Western Australia

Standards in New ZealandEdit

The 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.)

Standards in the United KingdomEdit

The National Curriculum Online from the 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 the United States of AmericaEdit

All U.S. states, populated territories, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense have standards for K-12 education. Most use the Common Core though may have additional state standards.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) has an excellent database of U.S. standards that are aligned for comparison: McREL Standards Alignment Database

Non-Common Core jurisdictions:

Supplemental standards:

Advanced PlacementEdit

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. AP Subjects

Science standards (moved here)Edit

Science standards[dead link] for high schools curriculum by the State of California. Whenever possible it will help adoption of our books if we adhere to the standards already developed.

Standards in CanadaEdit

Curriculum standards in Canada are established for each province/territory in all K-12 subjects. Each province/territory tends to suggest that their curriculum standards are high and this contribution to learning as significant. There are some efforts to find common ground on standards between jurisdictions, but these are not maintained or communicated in such a way that allow portability or interoperability across various systems. A Pan-Canadian Science Curriculum [1] was created in 1990's, but is not utilized.