ERIC Number: ED340757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Context and Policy Requisites of National Postsecondary Assessment. Draft.
Lenth, Charles S.
An attempt is made to summarize the perspectives and relevant experience of state-level higher education leadership in responding to the proposals for national assessment resulting from Goal V, Objective 5, of the National Education Goals, which calls for improvement in the critical thinking, ability to communicate, and problem-solving ability of college graduates. It is assumed that national assessment of college graduates' academic skills is feasible and will be developed. The evolution of state-level assessments and policies is traced; and the extent and types of state-level postsecondary testing are reviewed, with particular attention to statewide testing in Washington. States considered are: (1) Georgia; (2) New Jersey; (3) Texas; (4) Florida; (5) Tennessee; and (6) Washington. Also discussed are the purposes and objectives of postsecondary assessment, concentrating on differences between state-level purposes and those of a national assessment, as well as issues of support and commitment necessary to sustain a system of collaborative assessment. State efforts must not duplicate federal efforts, yet any federal effort must include the states from the beginning. Reviews by R. Calfee, R. L. Larson, and R. G. Swanson of this position paper are provided. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Graduates, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, National Programs, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, State Programs, Testing Programs, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A