ERIC Number: ED338637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Kentucky Youth for the Next Century: What Students Should Know and Be Able To Do and How Learning Should Be Assessed. The Report of the Council on School Performance Standards. Volume I. Executive Summary, Recommendations, and Technical Report. Volume II. Appendixes. Presented to: Governor Wallace G. Wilkinson, the Kentucky General Assembly, The Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Council on School Performance Standards, Frankfort, KY.
The Council on School Performance Standards, appointed in February of 1989 by the Governor of Kentucky, was charged with finding out what students in Kentucky should know and be able to do, and with determining the best ways to assess student learning. The Council met with six groups: community leaders; employers; parents; school administrators; teachers; and students. Information from the group interviews was used in a telephone survey concerning what should be expected of a Kentucky high school graduate. Results from the survey of 637 state residents selected at random and 201 opinion leaders in the state indicated that Kentuckians expect a high school graduate to be prepared for real life situations, and to have an excellent command of communications and mathematics skills. Four task forces composed of teachers, administrators, Department of Education personnel, and college professors made recommendations for preparing students for the future. A fifth task force addressed issues of evaluation. The work of these task forces is summarized in four recommendations, namely, that the State of Kentucky should: (1) adopt a new Common Core of Learning (CCL), with an emphasis on the application of basic skills/knowledge and on student performance; (2) assess student performance beyond paper and pencil tests; (3) encourage local efforts toward achieving the goals of the CCL; and (4) initiate two development efforts in support of the new CCL. Six tables and one figure are provided. The appendices comprise the greater part of the document. Appendix A contains the executive orders by Governor W. G. Wilkinson (1989) establishing the CSPS and its mandate for the study of Kentucky schools. Appendix B presents a report called "Expectations of High School Graduates" from the Survey Research Center of the University of Kentucky assessing what knowledge, skills, and values are expected of high school graduates. This information was obtained through telephone surveys of 637 citizens. Six tables present the survey data. Appendix C provides more specific data about the telephone survey with 25 pages of responses to specific items. Appendix D contains the reports of task forces charged with determining the ways in which elementary, middle, high, and vocational schools meet the responsibilities of preparing high school graduates with the abilities expected by the people of Kentucky. Appendix E includes the report of the Assessment Task Force, which was asked to propose an assessment system that would drive instruction in a way that increases the probability that the outline delineated by the other task forces will be achieved by individual students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), High School Graduates, Interviews, Performance, Relevance (Education), State Programs, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council on School Performance Standards, Frankfort, KY.