Workforce Readiness: Competencies and Assessment

By Harold F. O'Neil Jr. | Go to book overview

Chapter 3
Skills for Success in Maryland: Beyond Workplace Readiness

Katharine M. Oliver Maryland State Department of Education

Christine Russell Berkshire Consulting Group

Lynne M. Gilli Rita A. Hughes Ted Schuder Maryland State Department of Education

John L. Brown Prince George's County Public Schools

Wayne Towers Xerox Corporation

In an environment characterized by an intensely competitive, dynamic economy and tight public resources, demands for quality and accountability from the public schools grow more insistent every year. Legislators and taxpayers want proof that public dollars are spent judiciously; employers want workers who demonstrate initiative, work well with others, solve problems routinely, and use technology effectively; postsecondary schools want high school graduates who are ready for college rather than remediation; parents want to know that their children are being prepared for successful lives; and communities want responsible, productive citizens. These are enormous demands on public education systems -- demands that reflect dramatic changes in economic and social conditions at the end of the 20th century.

The State of Maryland has faced the rising expectations for educational results head-on by developing a school reform program centered on high standards and accountability for student and school performance. The most recent component of that reform is a new High School Assessment Program scheduled for implementation with the graduating class of 2004.

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