ERIC Number: ED366637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Student, Educator, and Parental Views on Proficiency-Based Credit Assessment.
Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity, Salt Lake City, UT.
This report presents results from Phase 2 of an ongoing Utah State Office of Education project titled "Preliminary Study of Proficiency Based Credit Testing in Utah Public Schools." Proficiency-based credit assessment (PBCA) means awarding secondary school academic credit to students considered proficient in the area without having taken the designated academic course. Phase 1 of the study examined the literature on PBCA, PBCA use in other states, and PCBA use in Utah. Recommendations from phase 1 supported development of PBCA on a state-wide basis. In phase 2, a catalog of PBCA resources and learning opportunities was compiled to help students become aware of possibilities. A major component of phase 2 was the surveying of 1,296 students, approximately 400 parents, and 114 educators in a small rural district and a large suburban district. Findings demonstrate that students, parents, and educators are aware of and support learning outside the classroom. They are also in favor of granting credit for such learning. From 46 to 64 percent of students expressed an interest in PBCA. Recommendations are made for the Phase 3 development of PBCA assessment. Four exhibits present study findings. Five appendices include the catalog of resources; the three surveys given to students, parents, and educators; and student comments. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acceleration (Education), Advanced Courses, Advanced Placement, Equivalency Tests, Experiential Learning, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Parents, Prior Learning, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Rural Schools, Student Attitudes, Suburban Schools, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; 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; Utah