In the last decade, standards have become an increasingly important part of education reform. Educators have created standards for many academic subject areas, and employers and educators are working to develop industrial and occupational standards. So far, the two sets have been developed independently. This document advocates integrating academic and industry skill standards, arguing that this will strengthen both academic preparation and preparation for work. Sample curricula generated by academic and industry skill standards are presented, along with a framework for the increased coordination between academic and vocational teachers and industry representatives necessary for the creation of integrated standards. Educators and policymakers interested in the controversial issue of standards will find Bailey's perspective useful.
MDS-1001 / November 1997
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