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NET Gain No. 20:
Skill Standards Again
(September 1998)

This installment of NET Gain is a skill standards update. Skill Standards remain vital to education and workforce development. Updated resources and new sites and publications have increased the amount of information available. The NCRVE Skill Standards page ( has picked up on the continuing growth and includes the work of dozens of organizations involved in skill standards development and applications.

NCRVE resources -- The page contains links to information about the 22 initial skill standards projects sponsored by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor in 1993. In addition to contact information for each project, the page contains links to the projects' own online information and to the project descriptions that are stored in a database at the Training Technology Resource Center.
   Also in the Skill Standards page are links to relevant recent publications from NCRVE, including Integrating Academic and Industry Skill Standards and School-to-Work Policy Insights from Recent International Developments, which contains a chapter on European systems.

Training Technology Resource Center -- This site has been redesigned to provide access to selected full text standards as well as the profiles and links to the major skill standards sites. The TTRC site also provides access to relevant legislation, international benchmarks, existing practices and research.

The National Skill Standards Board -- With information about the board, current skill standards activities and a link to the board's initiative with school-to-work (, this site covers a multitude of relevant issues and research. There also is a literature database (containing descriptions of publications with acquistion information), browsable by broad topic or searchable by keyword.

SkillsNET -- At the SkillsNET home page you can get information on how to subscribe to the SkillsNET e-mail discussion group. SkillsNET also has links to a number of sites related to skill standards and other occupational, technical and vocational topics.

SCANS/2000 -- This site provides information on the interdisciplinary research group at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies that is working on projects related to school-to-work and education reform.

This "NET Gain" was compiled by David Carlson and Peter Seidman (NCRVE, University of California at Berkeley). An online version of "NET Gain" columns is available on the NCRVE World Wide Web server ( Readers are encouraged to let the authors know about any changes in the resources listed, as well as about others they find useful.

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