ERIC Number: ED434608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Improving and Aligning K-16 Standards, Admissions, and Freshman Placement Policies.
Kirst, Michael W.
This document examines various efforts to reform education by institutions of higher education, by states and local school systems, and by the federal government. It charges that many K-12 reform policies are moving secondary and postsecondary education in disparate directions. Problems identified include a lack of authentic measures for student assessment in relation to college preparation; misalignment between secondary student preparation and college admissions and placement standards; placement of many students in remedial classes; and low retention and completion rates of students at many public institutions. Among the recommendations made for rethinking higher education admissions and freshman placement policies are the following: (1) permit students to substitute subject matter-based external examinations in lieu of standardized placement tests; (2) link admissions standards to external discipline-based state standards; (3) align freshman placement exams with other state standards and publicize placement exam content, standards, and consequences; (4) require writing samples for all admissions decisions; (5) have higher education institutions specify the courses that count toward computing high school class rank and accord appropriate weight for honors and advanced placement courses across all high schools in a state. Appended are Illinois state student education standards. (Contains 19 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), Affirmative Action, Articulation (Education), Change Strategies, College Applicants, College Entrance Examinations, College Freshmen, College Preparation, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Program Content, Resistance to Change, State Boards of Education, State Curriculum Guides, State Standards
National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford University, School of Education, 520 Galvez Mall, 508 CERAS, Stanford, CA 94305-3084.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois