ERIC Number: ED238572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Turning the Tide: An Agenda for Excellence in Pennsylvania Public Schools.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Included in this document is an address by the governor of Pennsylvania to fellow citizens stressing the need to improve the quality of public education in the state. Presented in outline format, the agenda has three main sections. The first section discusses shared responsibility between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state's boards of school directors. Key areas for mutual responsibility include setting higher curriculum and graduation standards; measuring student achievement, requiring remedial instruction, and providing incentives for high achievement; and setting higher teacher and administrator standards for certification. The second section discusses strengthening and increasing curriculum standards, increasing student achievement through testing for remedial and/or honors programs, and improving the effectiveness of teachers and administrators. The final section recognizes the role of state government and local school districts with regard to their responsibilities for the following: clarifying policies and expectations; encouraging parental involvement; recognizing outstanding teachers and administrators; providing training for teachers and administrators; evaluating superintendents and principals; encouraging study of foreign languages; offering computer science; and establishing partnerships with businesses, colleges, human service agencies, and volunteer groups. A projection chart of annual expenditures for l984-88 is included. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.