ERIC Number: ED341696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Proficiency-Based Credit Assessment: A National and Statewide Survey of Use.
Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity, Salt Lake City, UT.
In recent years a movement has developed at the high school level to address issues of cost and educational improvement through Proficiency-Based Credit Assessment (PBCA). With PBCA, students can receive credit by demonstrating their proficiency without actually taking a course. A national mail survey conducted by the Utah State Office of Education to determine the current scope and use of PBCA in secondary school education found that 16 states (40% of the 40 respondents) had a policy that provided direction for use of PBCA for high school credit, but only five states had specified tests or evaluation procedures. In general, the responsibility for determining how credit could be earned was left to the districts. A survey of the 40 Utah school districts (80% response rate) determined that seven districts were currently using PBCA, and three had developed assessment instruments independently of state resources. Recommendations include: (1) centralized PBCA assessment procedures; (2) a system development committee; (3) use of end-of-course tests and item pools to create assessments; (4) emphasis on subject methodology over subject-matter content; (5) a needs assessment/marketing component; (6) making PBCA attractive to district educators; (7) making PBCA attractive to students; and (8) recognizing and promoting external resources in developing programs. Ten references are listed, and three appendices provide the surveys used in the study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Equivalency Tests, Experiential Learning, High School Equivalency Programs, High Schools, Mail Surveys, National Surveys, Prior Learning, School Districts, State Surveys, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Test Use, Testing Problems, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity, Salt Lake City, UT.
Identifiers: Proficiency Based Credit Assessment; United States; Utah