ERIC Number: ED240131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Association of California School Administrators.
This position paper from the Research, Evaluation, and Accreditation Committee of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) presents a description of the Academic Decathlon program and offers recommendations for improving the program and ways that ACSA can assist the program. The description of the Academic Decathlon, a ten-event academic competition for high school juniors and seniors, includes history; purposes; competition events; participant selection; team composition; competitions at the school, county, state (California), and national levels; awards presented at the state level; sponsors; and coaches. The ACSA committee concludes that the program can be an effective motivator for student achievement; however, three problems need to be addressed: (1) tests need to be validated and scoring procedures need to be reviewed; (2) uniform procedures should be developed to coordinate test administration at the county level; and (3) ongoing financial support must be obtained. The committee recommends that ACSA support the concept of the Academic Decathlon and appoint a liaison with the Academic Decathlon Board of Directors to work on the problems. (DC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competition, High School Students, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Position Papers, Program Descriptions, Student Motivation, Testing, Testing Problems
ACSA's Foundation for Educational Administration, 1575 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.