ERIC Number: ED354797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
An Assessment of American Education: The View of Employers, Higher Educators, the Public, Recent Students, and Their Parents.
Business Roundtable, New York, NY.; National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.; National Council on Education Standards and Testing, Washington, DC.; Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
This paper examines: (1) what those who directly employ and educate America's students after they leave high school think of the quality of the U.S. elementary and secondary schools; (2) what recent students and their parents think of the quality of the education they or their children received; and (3) what a cross section of Americans think about the adoption of a common set of national standards of performance for all schools, and whether or not such standards need to be higher than those that now prevail in the schools. The study sought ratings on 15 key attributes of preparedness that are the basic objectives of secondary education and which enable students to perform well on the job or in higher education. Responses (from over 2,000 participants) revealed that employers felt their recent hirees out of high school were borderline in terms of functional literacy and basic functional skills. Employers and educators alike suggest a general lack of student preparation and discipline. Despite the concerns expressed, there was a strong commitment to educational reform on the part of all groups surveyed, including support for tougher standards, and for a higher level of investment. The bulk of the paper consists of tables detailing study findings and the study questionnaires. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, National Standards, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Committee for Economic Development, New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Business Roundtable, New York, NY.; National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.; National Council on Education Standards and Testing, Washington, DC.; Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.