ERIC Number: ED410461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Standards: Making Them Useful and Workable for the Education Enterprise.
A review of the standards developed through 22 national occupational skill standards pilot projects funded by the Departments of Education and Labor focused on how they are being used in education and how to improve their use. Although occupational clusters have long played a role in education, the mix of clusters and the use of them varies widely across states. Academic-vocational integration, another standards-related issue, is hindered by lack of a framework of information about career pathways and career progression. Foundation skills identified by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills have been supported by the pilot projects. The education enterprise needs to incorporate these skills throughout the learning process. There is a need for a support system to help translate industry and occupation standards into useful material for curriculum and instruction. Elements of such a system include the following: relevant assessment and testing tools, a program approval or accreditation process, staff and leadership development, information systems and services, and national and state networks. Among the recommendations for the National Skill Standards Board are the following: support expansion of current consortia/networks; promote cross-agency, standards-driven staff development; infuse standards into career guidance materials; enhance information collection; develop a roadmap to clarify equivalencies between workplace requirements and education needed; and use International Standards Organization processes for quality assurance standards. (KC)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Career Education, Evaluation Methods, Industry, Information Systems, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, National Standards, Networks, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Role of Education, Secondary Education, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000
IES Cited: ED450252