ERIC Number: ED425326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Integrating Academic Standards and Workplace Skill Standards for a Unified Education System. PREL Briefing Paper.
Academic standards describe the knowledge and skills that students should acquire while in traditional academic disciplines. Workplace skill standards define the knowledge and skills required to work successfully in a particular field or occupation. Standards are being generated from reform efforts to promote standards-based education and efforts to develop school-to-work transition skills. Educators are recognizing that academic standards and workplace skill standards can be combined in an integrated curriculum or a unified education system. In a unified education system, all students remain in the same educational setting for most of their schooling and have the opportunity to focus on workplace skills and/or further education. Instruction emphasizes the integration of workplace and academic skills and occurs in the setting most appropriate for learning academic and workplace skills. States and Pacific governmental entities wishing to create unified education systems need to do the following: identify the overlap between academic and workplace skill standards; establish explicit connections between both sets of standards; and work to overcome three categories of barriers (tradition, college admissions policies, and public resistance). There is no one "right" way to create a unified education system. The key to upgrading the achievement of all students is comprehensive, "whole school" revitalization. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Note: "Adapted...from "Preparing Students for The Twenty-First Century," A National Governor's Association Issue Brief."