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Opportunity to Learn Standards

Opportunity to learn (OTL), or school delivery, standards represent a long-standing pursuit by educators, among other key constituents, to provide a more equitable educational primary and secondary school system. The concept derived from comparative international studies of educational achievement that first used OTL to compare varying student educational outcomes and focused primarily on math and science achievement between countries. OTL standards themselves, however, were implemented in schools more recently as heightened awareness of inequality in educational outcomes within the United States became prevalent.

OTL standards were introduced through educational policy in tandem with content- and performance-based standards: OTL continues to be the most challenging of the three standards to become implemented and measured. Unlike content and performance standards, OTL standards focus the shift from equal ...

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