ERIC Number: ED156724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Minimum Competency Testing: A Report of Four Regional Conferences.
Miller, Barbara Soloth, Ed.
Summaries are presented of the problems and issues of minimum competency testing which were discussed at four regional conferences for political and educational practitioners. The Education Commission of the States sponsored the conferences, but took no official position of support or opposition. Section 1 compares the legislative, practitioner, and community perspectives concerning the pressures for educational standards. Section 2 summarizes discussions concerned with selecting and defining the competencies to be measured, setting the standards, applying the results, assigning accountability, administering the testing program, and financing the program. Section 3 discusses the issues involved in implementing minimum competency testing programs. Section 4 presents abstracts of eleven background papers. The appendices include: (1) a copy of Henry M. Brickell's keynote speech which identifies seven questions for discussion and includes a checklist for policy formation; (2) information about the existing programs in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado; (3) an outline of the activities of 31 states; and (4) a list of the programs and participants of the four regional conferences. (CTM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Attitudes, Competency Based Education, Conference Reports, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements, Minimum Competency Testing, State Legislation, State of the Art Reviews, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Student Certification, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Handicapped Children's Education Project.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.
Note: Report of conferences held in San Francisco, Calif., September 29-October 1, 1977; Boston, Massachusetts, October 13-15, 1977; Denver, Colorado, October 20-22, 1977; and Atlanta, Georgia, October 27-29, 1977; For background papers, see TM 007 591 and 597