ERIC Number: ED175908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
What's Happening in Minimum Competency Testing.
Frahm, Robert; Covington, Jimmie
An examination of the current status of minimum competency testing is presented in a series of short essays, which discuss case studies of individual school systems and state approaches. Sections are also included on the viewpoints of critics and supporters, teachers and teacher organizations, principals and students, and the federal government. Minimum competency testing programs in Gary, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Paul, Minnesota; Oregon, and Bakersfield, California are discussed. State laws and regulations for Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, and Kentucky, are explained. General conclusions are reached: (1) the major strength of minimum competency testing programs is the identification of specific learning objectives, especially in the elementary grades; (2) the effect of high school graduation tests is unclear; (3) the full impact of the programs is uncertain; and (4) the effect of emphasizing basic skills upon below-average students and high-achieving students is as yet unanswered. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation Requirements, Minimum Competency Testing, Parent Attitudes, Program Descriptions, Public Opinion, Public Schools, School Districts, State Legislation, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47402 ($2.50 plus $1.00 handling fee on orders less than $5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.