ERIC Number: ED426505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
How Do SREB States Gauge Student Achievement?
Creech, Joseph D.
This report provides an analysis of academic achievement in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states. Findings show that more students in the South are taking more challenging courses to prepare for college and careers. The percentage of high school graduates completing 4 years of English and 3 years each of social studies, mathematics, and science grew from 13 percent in the mid-1980s to 57 percent in the mid-1990s, rising above the national average. More schools and more students are participating in Advanced Placement Programs, and higher percentages of students are mastering challenging subject matter in mathematics. Subsequently, scores on college admissions test have risen in the past 10 years. States are assessing student achievement through end-of-course tests linked to content standards, and few states use a single statewide assessment for school readiness. Some of the issues surrounding assessing and improving student achievement include: agreeing on what students should know and be able to do; national norm-referenced tests; ensuring the credibility of tests; and making sure that content standards, instruction, testing, and professional development reinforce each other. Steps that SREB states are taking to improve student achievement are discussed. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Student Development, Surveys
Southern Regional Education Board,592 Tenth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790; Fax: 404-872-1477 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.