ERIC Number: ED392132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Skills for Tomorrow's Workforce.
Ananda, Srijati M.; And Others
Policy Briefs, n22 Dec 1995
Over the last decade, concern over the nation's global economic status and the role of public education in preparing workers has led to a push for standards reform. Two converging reform strategies have emerged: (1) to create a voluntary system of academic standards for K-12 students, and (2) to create a voluntary system of industry-skill standards for individuals planning to enter certain industries and occupations. The challenge facing policymakers is to determine how and to what degree academic and industry skill standards systems should be integrated. To make sound decisions, policymakers need to understand the complexities involved in standards-based reform and cross-sector collaboration. This policy brief reviews the issues surrounding standards reform, with a focus on the use of industry standards. It discusses the history and evolution of the role of schools in worker preparation, describes types of standards currently under development, proposes ways to create a more coherent standards infrastructure, and elaborates on the tensions that must be navigated at various stages of development and implementation. The standards-based reform plans of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah are also described. A conclusion is that other related education and worker-preparation-program reforms are equal in importance to setting standards. Methods used by the National Health Care Skill Standards Project, directed by Far West Laboratory, are highlighted. A list of contacts for the four states is included. (Contains 21 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Potential, Industry, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Performance, Public Education, School Business Relationship, School Role, Standards, State Action, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.