Argues that a key strategy for improving the effectiveness of schools is to set standards for what students should be able to do based on the skills required for well-paying Jobs.
LAUREN B. RESNICK is professor and director of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. JOHN G. WIRT is a senior analyst in the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress.
Introduction and Overview; Part One: Structure of an Education System for Linking School and Work; 1. Certifying Competence in a School-to-Work System - Marc Tucker; 2. Policy Choices in the Assessment of Work Readiness: Strategy and Structure - Richard Elmore; 3. Signaling the Competencies of High School Students to Employers - John Bishop; 4. A School-to-Work Transition System: The Role of Standards and Assessments - Paul Barton; Part Two: Linking Assessment and Instruction; 5. Quality Control for Educating a Smart Workforce - Alan Lesgold; 6. Assessment Student Performance: Three Different Views - John Frederiksen; 7. A School-Based Strategy for Achieving and Assessing Work-Readiness Skills - Henry Braun; Part Three: Technical Requirements for New Forms of Assessment; 8. Work Readiness Assessment: Questions of Validity - Robert Linn; 9. Evaluation of Performance Assessments for Work Readiness - Robert Guion; 10. Open-Ended Exercises in Large-Scale Educational Assessment - R. Darrel Bock; Part Four: Lessons from Abroad; 11. New Directions in the Assessment of High School Achievement: Cross-National Perspectives - Margaret Vickers; 12. The Role of Assessment in Education for High Performance Work: Lessons from Denmark and Great Britain - Davis Jenkins.
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