ERIC Number: ED237009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-6
Reference Count: N/A
Panel on Performance Expectations in American Education. Summary Report. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1982).
National Commission on Excellence in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Issues concerning performance expectations in American education are summarized in a staff report of a panel of the National Commission on Excellence in Education. Discussion topics included: who is responsible for stating expectations for student learning; whether expectations for the American educational system differ significantly from those of other advanced industrial democracies; and the impact of clarifying expectations on student performance and the behavior of schools/colleges. The panelists included employers from the public and private sectors; college faculty and members of learned societies representing the disciplines of biology, history, and foreign languages; state agency officials responsible for the oversight of requirements for diplomas; and representatives of national independent educational organizations. Findings/themes included the following: expectations are a combination of objectives and standards; employers' expectations for postsecondary graduates entering white collar jobs reflect a desire for generalists, not specialists; there is considerable repetition in American education; and there is a national curriculum, with local and regional variations, that is reinforced by expectations implicit in the College Board Achievement Tests. (SW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Excellence in Education (ED), Washington, DC.