ERIC Number: ED277001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Language Arts, Grades 3, 6, 8, 10, 12. State Goals for Learning and Sample Learning Objectives.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of School Improvement Services.
Public Act 84-126 amended The School Code of Illinois to include a definition of schooling and a requirement that the goals for learning be identified and assessed. This document identifies state goals for language arts education in grades 3, 6, 8, 10, and 12, and includes a sample set of district level learning objectives consistent with those goals. Several legislative requirements are presented, though it is emphasized that school districts can either adopt these objectives or develop a different set, provided that it remains consistent with state goals. An overview of language arts education is provided as a basis for the presentation of six state educational goals. The goals presented stipulate that students, as a result of their schooling, will be able to (1) read, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and use written materials; (2) listen critically and analytically; (3) write standard English in a grammatical, well organized, and coherent manner for a variety of purposes; (4) use spoken language effectively in formal and informal situations to communicate ideas and information and to ask and answer questions; (5) understand the various forms of significant literature representing different cultures, eras, and ideas; and (6) understand how and why language functions and evolves. For each of the six goals a list of general knowledge skills related to a specific goal is provided. Sample learning objectives, keyed to the general knowledge/skills are then provided for each of the six goals and for each of the five grades. State goals for learning in six areas--language arts, mathematics, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and physical development and health--are appended. In addition, a question-and-answer appendix discusses learning objectives, forms of government assistance, and state testing. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Behavioral Objectives, Communication Skills, Competency Based Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, Language Arts, Language Skills, Minimum Competencies, Minimum Competency Testing, Outcomes of Education, Reading Skills, State Legislation, State Programs, State School District Relationship, State Standards, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of School Improvement Services.