ERIC Number: ED427427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Benchmarks 1998.
Creech, Joseph D.
This report details efforts that states in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region have made to reach educational benchmarks for the year 2000. It focuses on readiness-for-school initiatives, such as preschool programs, and how schools in the SREB are advancing in this area. The report looks at student achievement, assessment of achievement, and how states are changing the tests they use to measure achievement. It examines the dropout rate and the successes in reducing student attrition, and discusses ways to further reduce the number of students leaving school. Significant progress has been made in cutting dropout rates and increasing enrollment, but it is unlikely that any SREB state will reach the goal of 90 percent of all students (25 and older) having high school diplomas by 2000. Higher percentages of high school graduates have completed a college preparatory curriculum. SREB states have raised standards for vocational students by increasing mathematics and science requirements. SREB states are also working to ensure that the percentage of adults attending college will equal or surpass national averages, and for those students who do attend college, SREB states will increase the quality and effectiveness of colleges and universities, with particular emphasis on the performance of undergraduate students. Central to these goals are efforts to improve teacher education, to improve teacher pay, and to enhance school effectiveness. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Adult Education, Benchmarking, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Vocational Education
Southern Regional Education Board, Publications Order Dept., 592 104th St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318-5790; Fax: 404-872-1477; Web site: http://www.sreb.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.