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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From Student Evaluation to Shower Filtration Systems

New York, Oct 08, 2004

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. The latest two selections follow:

Student Evaluation
Whether on the national political stage or in local districts across the country, measuring student performance has been a hotly debated topic. Many may not be aware of standards that have been developed to help guide this effort. The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) -- an ANSI member and accredited standards developer -- developed the Student Evaluation Standards (SES) to guide the evaluations of students in a wide variety of situations, especially K-12. Evaluation is defined to include both formal evaluations (for example those related to grading) and informal evaluations (teacher evaluations through oral responses to student questions, comments and the like).

ANSI/JCSEE SES-2002 provides a guide to evaluation of students to ensure that classroom-based evaluations are conducted properly and feasibly and provide accurate and useful information to serve in student decision situations. JCSEE standards are intended for use by a wide array of persons including: teachers, students, parents, education administrators, school board members, evaluators, curriculum specialists, legislators, counselors, community leaders, educational associations, and others. The standards guide teachers and inform students, parents, and others, regarding the characteristics of sound student evaluations. The twenty-eight standards are categorized into four groups corresponding to four attributes of sound and fair student evaluation-propriety, utility, feasibility, and accuracy.

Shower Filtration Systems
As part of its ongoing efforts to write national standards that protect the public health, ANSI member and accredited standard developer NSF International recently announced the adoption of the first and only American National Standard for shower filters. The standard was developed to address the need for a consensus standard for shower filters and the market need for demonstrating product performance and safety.

Free available chlorine, which is used to sanitize or disinfect a public or private water supply, can cause chlorine odors in shower water. With the development of ANSI/NSF 177: Shower filtration systems – Aesthetic effects, manufacturers can now certify water treatment devices that are designed to reduce the amount of free available chlorine to ultimately improve the aesthetic quality of shower water.

The standard was developed by the NSF Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units, which is composed of a balanced representation of public health regulators, manufacturers and users. NSF’s Council for Public Health Consultants, an advisory group of professionals, academicians and regulatory officials, reviewed the standard to ensure it encompasses all public health protection requirements.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.