ERIC Number: ED407527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Occupational Skill Standards and the School-to-Work Opportunities Act. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Increased global competition and rapidly changing labor markets are providing a new imperative for relevance and quality assurance in education. This imperative is driving a consensus around the need for standards that link the content of education and training to the demands of the workplace. The national framework for improving relevance and quality in education is established in part by two federal initiatives: the School-to-Work Opportunities Act and the National Skill Standards Act (NSSA). Two challenges facing the National Skill Standards Board established by the NSSA are to define occupational clusters and to ensure portability of credentials. Partnerships that develop standards must ensure that standards are broadly defined, specify the vocational and academic content of occupational skills, and reflect world class quality. Standards are used in a school-to-work system for curriculum development and assessment. Examples of effective practices are presented from the following schools: Brashear High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Sacramento Regional School-to-Career Alliance (California), and Leander High School Lender, Texas). Contact and address information for the effective practices is provided. The bulletin lists seven organizations that can provide further information on the topic along with brief summaries describe the organization's focus and activities. Contact information is provided for Departments of Education and Labor Occupational Skill Standards projects and Building Linkages projects. Twelve resource publications are listed. (YLB)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Occupational Information, Secondary Education, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.