ERIC Number: ED411308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Competency-Based Admissions Standards in Washington: A Status Report.
Sherman, Jane C.; Scrima, Douglas P.
This paper provides a brief overview of the purpose and process of establishing competency-based standards for college admissions in the state of Washington. The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board is required by law to establish minimum requirements for admission to Washington's public baccalaureate institutes. The current policy, adopted in 1987 and fully implemented in 1992, sets certain course requirements for students to define the minimum standards for college entrance. In 1993, a new approach was enacted into law that requires the state to develop a new approach centered on mastery of certain skills, demonstrated through a Certificate of Mastery. The Commission on Student Learning founded through the same legislation has established standards for what students know and should be able to do at certain points in their academic learning experience. Assessments that incorporate these learning requirements have been developed and piloted for grade 4 and are under development for grade 10. The competency-based admissions project has so far been a model of school-college cooperation. The competencies have been established for English, mathematics, world language, science, social studies, and art. Assessments will be developed that support these competencies, and reporting standards will be devised to reflect achievement. Once the standards, assessments, and reporting form are complete, they will be pilot tested in three restructured high schools. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Washington