Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards

Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards

Nov 1997

Author:

Thomas R. Bailey
Institute on Education and the Economy
Teachers College, Columbia University

Executive Summary:

This report focuses on the relationship between academic and industry skill standards and assesses the current state of coordination between them. It also explores how better integration between the two sets of standards could strengthen both and could ultimately have a positive influence on education as a whole. Although not a conference summary, this report draws on the experiences and discussion from a 1996 conference sponsored by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. The conference brought together individuals who had worked on developing the two types of standards to discuss the potential for integration and how that integration could take place. The conference and the content of this report focus on the academic standards developed in five disciplines: mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, science, and history. Industry skill standards are represented by the following skill standards pilot projects sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor: electronics, retail, bioscience, photonics, automotive repair, health care, and metalworking. The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor sponsored two projects in the electronics industry and both sets of skill standards were represented at the conference.

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Bailey, T. R. (1997, November). Integrating academic and industry skill standards. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.