ERIC Number: ED199260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Title II: The National Basic Skills Improvement Program--What's It All About?
Jackson, Shirley A.
Four key topics in the implementation of Title II legislation are reviewed: (1) the Congressional intent of the Basic Skills Improvement Program (BSIP) and its two major focuses--demonstration and coordination; (2) what is meant by "basic skills"; (3) expected outcomes for the BSIP; and (4) standards for demonstration projects. Congress intended that the BSIP projects be demonstration projects and therefore be able to withstand the rigors of a validation procedure, contain good objectives, appropriate activities, and appropriate documentation, and allow for process and product evaluation in their designs. Congress singled out only four skills on which it would focus national concern through Title II: reading, mathematics, written and oral communications. Emphasis is not on developing minimum skills but on using a developmental continuum in developing skills. The BSIP does not endorse any method of teaching the basic skills and is more concerned about the consistency, feasibility, and proven effectiveness of approach(es) forwarded for a particular target population based on their assessed needs. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title II; National Basic Skills Improvement Program