ERIC Number: ED340759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Designing a National Assessment System: Assessing Abilities that Connect Education and Work.
What has been learned from the study of relationships between abilities and outcomes learned in college and those abilities as they are performed at work is summarized to infer principles that should inform a national system to assess the higher order thinking and communications skills of college graduates in support of the National Education Goal of Literacy and Adult Learning. It is argued that abilities can be assessed in ways that connect education and work as long as abilities are defined in ways that make sense to both spheres. Abilities can be assessed in ways that enable judgments of graduates' effectiveness and in ways that help determine the effectiveness of college learning for work. It will be necessary to identify the abilities involved in effective work and citizenship, but this information can be collected directly from college graduates in work and service roles. Accountability and improvement agenda can be met in the same system. Seven figures illustrate the discussion, and a 101-item list of references is included. Seven appendices provide specific information about the assessment approaches of Alverno College in Milwaukee (Wisconsin). Reviews by R. L. Larson, T. Marchese and B. Wright, and R. G. Swanson of this position paper are provided. The author's response is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Adult Literacy, College Graduates, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, National Programs, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Systems Development, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
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