Perceptions about the changing nature of work and changing skill requirements have led many to believe that the United States needs a better system of education and workforce preparation. Standards could play a central role in that system by emphasizing educational outcomes and by clarifying what young people need to know and be able to do to embark on a career. Merritt and Bailey examine the accounting profession's complex system of standards and assessments in order to draw lessons for other groups presently working on a national system of industry-based skill standards.
MDS-949 / August 1998
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