ERIC Number: ED403311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Frequently Asked Questions. PASS Project. Proficiency-based Admission Standards System Project.
Conley, David T.; Tell, Christine A.
The Oregon State System of Higher Education is developing a new approach to admission to any of the state's seven public baccalaureate granting institutions. This approach replaces the grade point average with proficiencies, clearly specified statements of the knowledge and skills students must master. The new system is known as the Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS). This brochure answers questions most frequently asked about PASS, which will begin with freshmen admitted in fall 2001. Proficiencies will be determined through criterion-referenced tests, common assessment tasks, and teacher-verified assessments that certify student performance. The new system will tie admission directly to demonstrated proficiency in mathematics, science, social sciences, second languages, literature, and the arts. It will be congruent with changes in Oregon secondary school assessment that will require the mastery of defined content knowledge and intellectual skills. The proficiencies have been developed through analysis of more than 60 national state curriculum reports and review by Oregon educators. Nationally normed tests will still be required as part of the data for admissions decisions, but they will not be the primary pieces of information. The goal is to ensure that students are properly prepared to succeed once they are admitted to college. Remedial programs may be eliminated, and many introductory courses curtailed when mastery of the proficiencies ensures that all college students are properly prepared. Teacher training will be crucial to the implementation of the PASS system. Lists of current partnerships in PASS development, grants received by PASS participants, and staff members are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Admission (School), College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, Colleges, Criterion Referenced Tests, Decision Making, Degrees (Academic), Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, High Schools, Higher Education, National Norms, Public Schools, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Oregon State System of Higher Education, Eugene.