ERIC Number: ED235555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Assess Your Goals to Set Priorities.
Paul, Regina H.
Updating School Board Policies, v14 n6 p1-3 Jun-Jul 1983
Increasingly involved in curricular concerns, boards of education can determine the educational goals of the community by using the Educational Goals Assessment (EGA) and thus set priorities when cutbacks are necessary. The EGA is composed of four questionnaires listing 275 learning goals describing knowledge, attitudes, or physical skills and covering 13 school subjects and 11 life areas. Respondents are asked to rate how important it is for students to learn each goal, the importance of the schools themselves teaching it, and whether the goal should be required for high school graduation. Two "games" requiring allocation of time and money among the life areas are included. Graduation requirements most frequently chosen by school systems using the EGA include computing accurately, knowing mathematical fundamentals, reading with understanding, and writing correctly. School systems can use responses to make curricula attractive to more consumers, deemphasizing performing arts, for example, and stressing art appreciation. In order to serve community needs, school boards should formulate policies recognizing their involvement in curriculum development and research, instructional programs, and what learning will be required for graduation and how it will be measured. (MJL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC. Educational Policies Service.