ERIC Number: ED169609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Part 11: A Bill to Provide Educational Proficiency Standards. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-Fifth Congress, First Session on H.R. 6088 (September 12 and 15, 1977).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
This document contains testimony, prepared statements, letters, and supplemental materials submitted during two days of hearings held in September, 1977. Under consideration was a bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require state educational agencies to establish basic standards of educational proficiency applicable to secondary school students. Admiral H. G. Rickover expressed strong beliefs that the educational system is falling behind the needs of society. The president of Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, Dr. Phillip Shriver, testified that many entering freshmen are not prepared for college level work. The second day of testimony, Representative Ronald Mottl announced that he planned to introduce a substitute bill that would allow local systems to initiate minimum competency testing on a voluntary basis. Further testimony was presented favoring the federal government helping states establish standards but maintaining local control. Dr. Mary Berry, Assistant Secretary for Education of HEW, discussed issues of problem definition and development of national educational standards. Mr. John R. Andrisek, superintendent of Berea City Schools in Ohio, described their minimum competencies program. Mrs. Carolyn Warner, superintendent of public instruction in Arizona, described Arizona's continuous uniform evaluation system. Mr. Barry Beal, supervisor, department of development and evaluation, Denver Public Schools, described the Denver experience with minimum competency examinations. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Hearings, Higher Education, Minimum Competency Testing, National Standards, Secondary Education, State Departments of Education, State Federal Aid, Teacher Education, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.