ERIC Number: ED356543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
All Our Children: A Vision for New Jersey's Schools in the 21st Century.
New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
The Quality Education Commission (QEC) was established to make recommendations about New Jersey's educational needs in the year 2000 and beyond, study the Quality Education Act, provide opportunity for public input, and advise the governor on further action to take. The lack of clear student performance goals and accurate assessment tools, together with an inefficient school structure, are partly to blame for poor student performance. The commission recommends that New Jersey school reform follow the national goals initiative with state-specific goals. Clear, statewide educational objectives and curriculum standards should be established as well as periodic assessment and accountability systems. School-based management should be adopted with the support of the state and local boards of education. Preschool education should be available statewide, and class sizes, especially for at-risk and disadvantaged students, should be reduced. The school day and year should be extended to accommodate special programs. Finally, teachers should have more opportunity for professional development and training. Chapters in this report examine numerous issues connected with the following topics: defining quality education; educational organization to provide quality education; measuring quality education; funding quality education; and gaining public support for quality education. Six appendices include a list of QEC members, a list of report contributors with acknowledgements, a financial issues background paper, a school-based management matrix, memoranda of comment, reservation or dissent, and a 121-item bibliography. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey