ERIC Number: ED223812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Information Society: Are High School Graduates Ready?
Gisi, Lynn Grover; Forbes, Roy H.
This report examines findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which describes the educational attainments of today's youth, in combination with economic trends and future projections to reveal the shortcomings of students nationwide. The report begins with a description of three major economic trends within the United States: the displacement of goods by services, factors related to the growth in productivity, and the increase in foreign competition. Future employment projections are then presented that provide evidence of changing labor-force skills. National assessment results for 17-year-old students with both high- and low-level skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and science follow. Implications of these conclusions are then discussed: the 10 percent of students who are unable to perform basic skills represent hundreds of thousands of people and the percentage of students who achieve higher order skills is declining. The final two sections of the report explore problems confronting educators (changing definitions and diverse needs of students, educational responsibilities and relevance, curriculum and skills, institutional instructional technology, teacher shortages and training, accreditation issues, and joint education-industry responsibility and finance) and some actions currently proposed. Sample exercises from the National Assessment are appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Economic Development, Economic Progress, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Knowledge Level, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, National Surveys, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Skills, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Technological Advancement
Education Commission of the States, Distribution Center, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress