ERIC Number: ED456547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Sewing a Seamless Education System. Preschool through Postsecondary.
McCabe, Robert H.
Today's educational systems work as separate parts with little coordination between academic levels or long-range planning. The transition from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to college is disjointed and often traumatic, producing unneeded anxiety and stress on top of the need to adapt to new environments. Exit achievements from one level commonly do not meet entrance requirements of the next level. Individual learning styles are not addressed, and the practice of tracking wastes human resources. Efforts should be made to align curricula across all levels of education, creating smooth transitions from one level to the next. Giving specific additional assistance to students who are lagging and more challenges to those who are advanced is a positive alternative to tracking. Better communication and coordination between educational levels can lead to students' being prepared to enter the next level. A seamless assessment can begin in high school that includes students, parents, and school staff to address students' deficiencies more effectively, enabling them to enter college universally better prepared. Legislators can adopt a comprehensive plan for a P-16 system, and fund and require reduced class size in grades 1-3 of 20 students or less. (Contains 12 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preschool Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.