ERIC Number: ED319124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
State Needs Assessments, Title II EESA: A Summary Report.
Dickens, Royce; And Others
The Education for Economic Security Act requires state education agencies to submit comprehensive needs assessments in order to receive the funding provided by Title II of the Act for improvements in mathematics, science, computer learning, and foreign language instruction. Areas of need covered in this summary include: the qualifications of current teaching staff; the adequacy and availability of curricula and materials; and the degree of access to instruction in the four subject areas by historically underserved or underrepresented student populations. Also included is an overview of programs and initiatives designed to address those needs. In general, it appears that the legislation has prompted states to consider needs and develop initiatives in all four subject areas, with the greatest efforts focused on mathematics and science instruction. Many teachers of specific computer courses are self-taught, and the states see an increasing need for formal instruction. Foreign language instruction remains minimal at both the elementary and secondary levels in many states. In addressing the issue of access to instruction by historically underserved student groups, the states seem concerned primarily with increasing the enrollment of females and ethnic minority students in advanced mathematics and science courses. (MLF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Science Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Instruction, Needs Assessment, Resource Materials, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, State Departments of Education, Statewide Planning, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Decision Resources Corp., Washington, DC.