ERIC Number: ED190634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Minimum Competency Testing. Fastback 137.
Riegel, Rodney P.; Lovell, Ned B.
The phenomenon of minimum competency testing (MCT) is explored, beginning with its origins in public concern for educational accountability. Three major themes appearing in the states enacting prescriptive legislation are described: state standards/state test (Florida); state standards/local test (Oregon); and local standards/local test (Colorado). Problems associated with the complexity of MCT are outlined, the most important being public perceptions; vocabulary of MCT; educational impact; political, legal and financial issues; implementation and measurement problems; and administration issues. The complexity of MCT also invites debate on both sides of the topic; therefore, the pamphlet attempts to briefly identify some of the popular MCT misconceptions. A bibliography for further reading is included. (GK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Administrative Problems, Community Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Problems, Legal Problems, Minimum Competency Testing, Political Issues, Program Implementation, Public Schools, State Programs, Testing Problems
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Colorado; Florida; Oregon