ERIC Number: ED243250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Policy Options for Quality Education. A Report.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
State board of education members across the country cite four essential tasks of state boards in improving school quality: (1) improving teacher quality, (2) raising academic standards, (3) improving school leadership and management, and (4) promoting effective use of school time. To combat the drain of talent from the teaching profession and to improve school climate, state boards can help prospective teachers with financial incentives, require tests and internships to ensure their competence, and periodically review teacher training programs. Students' academic standards can also be raised, through core curricula and diagnostic testing, mandating kindergarten, and supporting special programs. Administration can be improved through statewide standards, inservice training, incentives for outstanding performance and programs, and recruitment of women and minorities. Finally, school effectiveness may depend on the efficient use of school time; a minimum percentage of student time spent in core subjects and reduced absenteeism can both ensure better use of inschool time. (JW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Administrator Education, Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Qualifications, Attendance, Core Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, School Administration, State Boards of Education, State Standards, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Qualifications, Time Management, Time on Task
Publications, National Association of State Boards of Education, 701 North Fairfax Street, Suite 340, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared by the Task Force on Education Quality.