ERIC Number: ED159811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Minimal Educational Standards: A Systematic Perspective.
Green, Thomas F.
The recent interest in setting minimal educational standards arises partially from the success of the educational system at providing 75 percent of the population with high school diplomas. Previously, a major goal for the system was high school graduation for as many people as possible. Now that that goal is approximated, a new goal takes its place: that of raising the standards of achievement for high school graduates. The goal of raising the grade level the average person attains is at times in conflict with the goal of increasing the overall level of educational achievement. Thus, the former must be achieved before the latter can be attempted. Policy goals for the system are always, in practice, minimal standards because ideal goals can never be fully achieved. For instance, the goal of educating children to their fullest potential can be striven for but never reached. However, the goal can be used to identify failures, or point out that the system is only educating children to an unnacceptable level of their potential. And thus this goal can help identify when minimal standards are not being met. The movement to establish minimal standards stems from a need for more efficient management of the system. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Adoption (Ideas), Basic Skills, Educational Objectives, Minimum Competencies, Policy Formation, Standards
Education Commission of the States, Suite 300, 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80295 ($2.75; orders must be prepaid)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.
Identifiers: Minimal Standards
Note: Background paper prepared for the Minimal Competency Workshops