ERIC Number: ED186300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Minimum Competency Program, Citizenship: Suggestions for Implementation.
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This monograph explains the need for graduating high school seniors to demonstrate minimum competence in citizenship and suggests performance-related assessment tasks to help school authorities determine whether these competency requirements have been met. Minimum citizenship competencies are interpreted to include essential skills and concepts which are necessary for responsible participation in the American political system. Included in the citizenship curriculum should be information on the role of economics, government, and history, and the impact of world affairs on the individual. The document is presented in five major chapters. Chapter I introduces the program and offers background information on competency requirements. Chapter II suggests how to organize a minimum competency program. Basic organizational features are identifying competencies and student performance indicators, determining assessment procedures and performance standards, and deciding on assessment strategies. Chapter III suggests how to develop performance-related and paper-and-pencil testing instruments. Chapter IV lists minimum citizenship competencies including the ability to recognize and/or demonstrate citizenship rights and responsibilities and to demonstrate understanding and/or knowledge of historical information necessary for effective citizenship. Chapter V presents a bibliography of 20 works on competency testing and related topics. The document concludes with an appendix containing sample performance indicators and test items. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Minimum Competencies, Performance, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Social Studies, Test Items, Testing
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education, PO Box 6Q, Richmond, VA 23216 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Note: Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to poor reproducibility of original document.