ERIC Number: ED319120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
California Education Summit. Meeting the Challenge, the Schools Respond. Final Report (Sacramento, California, December 12-13, 1989).
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
The California Education Summit, which brought together some 300 individuals representing major groups driving California education reform (teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, students, school board members, business leaders, and community members), was called for two reasons: (1) to begin developing a consensus, or game plan for the 1990s, regarding the next steps to upgrade California schools; and (2) to reflect on participants' experience and identify elements that would ensure the success of any forthcoming national efforts. Participants agreed on fundamental goals, beginning with the premise that more students must be educated to higher levels than ever before. At least 25 percent of students entering high school should earn a bachelor's degree, another 25 percent should earn an associate degree from a community college, and at least 40 percent should make a successful school/work transition, thus reducing the dropout rate by 10 percent. To accomplish these goals, more students must read, write, compute, communicate, and think at higher levels. Schools must teach a thinking curriculum, so that students become active learners, develop real understanding of fundamental concepts and ideas, and apply knowledge creatively. The key strategies emerging from group discussions included the following: (1) increasing accountability and improving assessment; (2) enhancing the curriculum; (3) improving high school transitions; (4) improving adult literacy; (5) organizing more effective services for children, youth, and families at risk; (6) restructuring to improve student performance; and (7) improving teacher preparation and recruitment. (MLH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Professional Development, State Action, Teacher Education
Publications, Sales Unit, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-1260 ($5.00 for 2-volume set).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California