ERIC Number: ED313802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Making with a Difference: The Story of Connecticut's Common Core of Learning.
Anderson, Beverly L.; And Others
The changing economic and social situation, the rapid expansion of technology, and the explosion of available knowledge are fundamentally altering the world economy. Today, our nation's students need not only basic skills, but higher level reasoning and communication and thinking ability, as well. In Connecticut, a committee was formed to determine the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that constitute an "educated person" and that should be required of the state's public secondary school graduates. The result, entitled "Connecticut's Common Core of Learning," completed in November 1986, identifies and documents the attributes and attitudes, the skills and competencies, and the understandings and applications that are to be expected of the state's public secondary school graduates. In essence, because the committee shared the document with educators before its completion and carefully considered their responses to the drafts, plans for implementation began before the document was even adopted by the State Board of Education. Included within this document are examples from Killingly, Groton, Bridgeport, and Glastonbury that illustrate the focuses and working methods that are making the core a reality. The appendices contain a copy of the April 1988 Connecticut State Department of Education "Challenge Update" and examples of study questions concerning student learning. (KM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Educational Development, Educational Innovation, Graduation Requirements, Knowledge Level, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Student Improvement
Publication Sales, Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands, 290 South Main Street, Andover, MA 01810 ($6.50 plus $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.; Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut