ERIC Number: ED413669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan, 1998-2002.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
After assessing national progress toward the 1990 National Education Goals, President Clinton announced his "Call to Action for American Education" in February 1997, which identified critical areas where work was still needed. The Department of Education (ED) developed seven priorities to help focus its efforts. The priorities are: read independently by the end of the third grade; master challenging mathematics, including the foundations of algebra and geometry, by the end of the eighth grade; be prepared for and able to afford at least two years of college by age 18, and be able to pursue lifelong learning as adults; have a talented, dedicated, and well-prepared teacher in the classroom; have their classroom connected to the Internet by the year 2000 and be technologically literate; learn in strong, safe, and drug-free schools; and learn according to challenging and clear standards of achievement and accountability. This report presents the Department of Education's 5-year strategic plan, which describes how the Department of Education will work to improve education for all children and adults in the United States. The department established the following four goals: (1) Help all students reach challenging academic standards so that they are prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment; (2) build a solid foundation for learning for all children; (3) ensure access to postsecondary education and lifelong learning; and (4) make ED a high-performance organization by focusing on results, service quality, and customer satisfaction. The President's Call to Action priorities are included in the plan as objectives. Under each goal, the plan identifies several objectives supported by core strategies and performance indicators. The introduction describes the department's mission, accomplishments, and plans. Other sections describe the resources needed, the relationship of strategic-plan goals and objectives to program goals, key external factors that could affect achievement of ED's goals and objectives, findings of program evaluations and other studies, and the development of the plan. Three tables are included. Appendices contain supplemental information on performance indicators and descriptions of program evaluations and other studies. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Institutional Mission, Performance, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning
World Wide Web: http://www.ed.goc/pubs/StratPln98/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.