Tennessee To Become First To Implement College Board Guidelines Statewide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Education officials say they hope new academic guidelines to be used statewide will mean fewer high school students need remedial courses in college.
The guidelines were set by The College Board, which oversees testing of students for entry into college. They stress reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, studying, mathematics and reasoning.
Although implemented locally in communities across the country, Tennessee is the first to institute the guidelines statewide, said Margaret Durante, a spokeswoman for The College Board.
Gov. Lamar Alexander and College Board President George Hanford will announce the program in Tennessee on Wednesday, during a conference of education officials.
C. Brent Poulton, executive director of the state Board of Education, said high schools will slowly implement The College Board standards, first published in 1983 in what is known to educators as ″The Green Book.″
″One of the indicators of whether or not this (is successful) would be the numbers of students who show up and have to take developmental courses (in college),″ said Poulton. ″If we are successful, those numbers ought to decline.
″You would expect that more and more high school students, given that curriculum and given that instruction, would in fact develop those competencies,″ Poulton said Friday.
Poulton called implementation of the guidelines in Tennessee an ″outgrowth″ of Alexander’s ″Better Schools″ program, formally called the Comprehensive Education Reform Act, which the Legislature passed in 1984.
″The real value of this thing is that The College Board has developed this Green Book and specific competencies that most folks think are reasonable. And certainly our legislators think they are reasonable, because they identified them in the Comprehensive Education Reform Act,″ said Poulton.
Ms. Durante said it would be at least four years before the program’s success could be measured.
The program has been endorsed by the state Board of Regents, the state Board of Education and the Department of Education, said Poulton.
But he added, ″When it comes to adjusting curriculums in the schools, the most critical people are the teachers themselves. ... It’s really up to the teachers to make it happen.″