ERIC Number: ED356239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
What Americans Should Know: Information Needs for Setting Education Goals. A Policy Information Proposal.
Barton, Paul E.
This proposal suggests the kinds of information that could be developed to inform choices and answer questions related to the national education goals and their specific targets. An important approach to providing this kind of information is being undertaken by the National Assessment Governing Board, which has used panels of judges to set achievement levels for grades 4, 8, and 12 using a methodology often used to set passing scores on tests. In tandem with this effort, the following proposals are offered, not for accountability to the national goals, but to help reach them: (1) using panels of judges to set achievement levels; (2) defining goals as proportions of student reaching National Assessment of Educational Progress "anchor points"; (3) identifying schools that exceed expectations; (4) learning what teachers expect; (5) choosing levels necessary for a high achievement curriculum; and (6) setting goals for literacy. Progress toward the goals for the year 2000 will require this kind of information to establish believable targets to which people can commit. Three tables provide information about national achievement, and one figure illustrates levels of mathematics proficiency. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.