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ERIC Number: ED497793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
High School Standards and Expectations for College and the Workplace. Issues & Answers. REL 2007-No. 001
Kendall, John S.; Pollack, Courtney; Schwols, Amitra; Snyder, Christina
Regional Educational Laboratory Central
Colleges and employers are growing increasingly concerned that high school students lack the knowledge and skills needed for success after graduation. To find out whether the expectations of the Central Region states match the expectations of colleges and the workplace, state standards for what students should know and be able to do in English language arts and mathematics are compared with expectations common to two national studies on skills needed for entry to college and the workplace. To get a sense of how states are performing generally, six states outside the region were selected as a comparison group, based on standards rated as exemplary by outside evaluators. The analysis finds that academic standards in a majority of Central Region states include 82 percent of the content in English language arts considered important by both national studies. Eight topics in English language arts were not commonly found in the Central Region's state standards, while four topics were missing in the standards for a majority of states selected for comparison. In mathematics just 57 percent of the topics considered important in both of the national studies were covered in the standards in a majority of Central Region states reviewed. Twenty-five topics were unaddressed in the standards for a majority of the states in the Central Region, and 22 topics were missing from the standards for a majority of comparison states. Although the comparison states fared somewhat better, the difference does not appear to be substantial. Overall, the missing topics suggest areas for possible inclusion in the academic standards for the Central Region states. The following are appended: (1) Methodology and limitations; (2) Common expectations; and (3) Documents analyzed for this study. (Contains 1 box, 2 figures, and 5 tables.) [This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education by Regional Educational Laboratory Central administered by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Kansas; Missouri; Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota; Wyoming
IES Funded: Yes