ERIC Number: ED356237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Skills Employers Need: Time To Measure Them? A Policy Information Proposal.
Barton, Paul E.
A series of studies of the experience of employers with schools and their graduates in the 1980s has established that employers want employees with cognitive and subject matter skills, but with other skills as well. These skills are summarized, and the development of an Employment Readiness Profile is proposed, which would be an assessment administered to a national sample of students and to dropouts if feasible. Development and design would be guided by a committee of employer representatives, supplemented with educators and labor market experts. Periodic surveys of employers' needs would update the information on needed skills. Results of such an assessment would describe proficiencies at the subgroup level and not at the individual level. Its purpose is to measure progress toward objectives set by a consensus process. It does not presuppose that all attributes desired by employers are the responsibilities of schools. Development of the profile will require being more precise about employer needs and then sorting out the responsibilities of schools to teach and those of employers to provide orientation, training, and experience. Eight important reports that express the new consensus are listed. Appendix A provides notes on the validity of the proposed profile, and Appendix B is a list of 20 publications cited. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.