ERIC Number: ED349897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
The Task Force on Assessing the National Goal Relating to Postsecondary Education. Report to the National Education Goals Panel.
National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.
This report reviews the concept and means of assessing progress toward meeting Goal 5 of the National Goals Panel which aims at universal adult literacy and knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy and exercise citizenship. The goal's specific objectives focus on the relationship between work and education and outcomes, increased enrollment (especially of minorities) in postsecondary education, and outcomes of postsecondary education. The report identifies significant issues to be addressed and coordinated nationally if a national strategy for assessing the results of postsecondary education is to develop. Six critical issues relating to achieving the national goal are identified: (1) defining assessment purposes, (2) defining skill levels and types, (3) providing inventory and coordination, (4) assigning responsibility for assessment, (5) developing systems, and (6) assessing progress toward the goal. Recommendations include: adoption of a uniform reporting format for reporting degree completion rates (a specific format is suggested); development of a sample-based national system of standards and assessment for postsecondary education; development of content and performance standards for general cognitive skills, higher order thinking skills, and occupational skills; and creation of a separate coordinating council for postsecondary standards and assessment. Included are two attachments, a table form for persistence and graduation rates and an inventory of assessment activities. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.