ERIC Number: ED246417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Competency, California-Style, Revisited.
Chinn, Judith Alberts
Using data from three studies, this paper focuses on competency education trends in California in the area of writing. The studies reviewed in the paper examined (1) the competency examinations produced by students in one high school in 1980, (2) the various means employed in 1981 by five school districts in the San Francisco Bay area to implement California State's Assembly Bill 3408 (1976), as amended in Assembly Bill 65 (1977), mandating competency, and (3) competency trends at the college level in 1982 and the extent to which entering freshman students exhibited improved writing skills. The paper then presents data from a 1983 study that revisited the five school districts and the various colleges and universities surveyed in 1981 and 1982. The paper reveals that changes in both attitude and curriculum have occurred within a short time in the schools, and that changes are also evident on the state level, with the Department of Education moving from minimal competency to maximum proficiency and greater control. It concludes that the competency bill has been the catalyst for such changes and that future studies need to continue to assess students' growth and competency trends. The paper includes samples of student competency examinations. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (73rd, Denver, CO, November 18-23, 1983).