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 WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Education Goals Panel (NEGP) will meet today to review ways to measure school readiness, coordinate state/local student record systems and review data for the 1992 Goals Report. The panel will:
 -- Review recommendations for establishing a new national assessment for measuring children's readiness for school.
 -- Receive a presentation on current state efforts to create uniform student record systems and better measures for the high school completion goal.
 -- Consider updated information for the 1992 "National Education Goals Report."
 The panel will hear from Dr. Ernest Boyer, former U.S. commissioner of education and current president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan, senior associate at Yale University's Bush Center for Child Development. Both are experts in early childhood education and assessment and service as advisers for the panel on the readiness goal.
 Last year, the panel's Readiness Resource and Technical Groups recognized that there were no adequate direct measures to report on children's readiness for school. Consequently, the groups recommended a new three-part national early childhood assessment system: (1) before school (2) at school entrance, and (3) in school assessments.
 Last fall, the NEGP Readiness Technical Group made specific recommendations on the in school assessment. This proposed model would:
 -- Assess a national sample of public and private kindergarten students along five important dimensions (physical well-being, social and emotional maturity, approaches to learning, language usage, and cognition and general knowledge);
 -- Collect data at a number of points during the school year.
 -- View "readiness" along a continuum.
 The data for the assessment would come from many sources: teacher reports; parent reports; profiles of children's skills and development; and portfolios of children's work.
 Boyer and Kagan will outline feedback on the proposal received to date. The response to the national assessment proposal was positive by the wide range of interested individuals who reviewed it, including parents, researchers, state departments of education, health care and child care professionals, and kindergarten teachers. Boyer and Kagan will also discuss ways to report on Goal 1 while new assessments are being developed.
 Dr. Aaron Pallas from the University of Michigan and a member of NEGP's School Completion Resource Group will present an update on the status and future trends in statewide student record systems. Goals Panel staff and consultants, in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers, collected data earlier this year to determine these systems' future potential for generating comparable state-by- state data on high school dropout and completion rates. Forty-seven state education agencies (94 percent) responded to a survey and officials in 11 states were interviewed in depth on the development of their student record systems. Among the results:
 -- 15 percent of states reported they currently have comprehensive state level student record systems;
 -- 73 percent that do not have such systems are considering developing one;
 -- Data confidentiality, security, and possible misuse are recurring concerns of local districts about such systems;
 -- Data needs, resources, and legislative mandates differ substantially from one state to the next.
 The panel will also review which data sources used in the first annual Goals Report can provide updated information in 1992.
 Gov. Evan Bayh (Ind.) will report on the creation of a new technical group that will advise the panel on the feasibility of developing comparable state reports on college entrance and completion rates and developing a sample-based collegiate assessment (Goal 5). Gov. Carroll Campbell, NEGP chair, will also update the panel on another new Goal 5 advisory group which is examining the feasibility of developing methods to compare international work force skills.
 The National Education Goals Panel is charged with reporting annually on the nation's progress toward the six National Education Goals adopted by the governors and the president.
 Panelists scheduled to attend today's meeting include: Govs. Carroll Campbell (S.C.), chair; John Ashcroft (Mo.); Evan Bayh (Ind.); Terry Branstad (Iowa); Howard Dean (Vt.); Ben Nelson (Neb.); Barbara Roberts (Ore.); and Roy Romer (Colo.). Lamar Alexander, secretary of education, and Roger Porter, assistant to the president for Economic and Domestic Policy, are also scheduled to attend.
 The four newly appointed congressional representatives to the panel will be announced at today's meeting. They are: Reps. William Goodling (R-Pa.) and Dale Kildee (D-Mich.); and Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).
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 /NOTE: Today's meeting will take place from 1:30 - 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington. A press availability follows the meeting at approximately 4 p.m. A meeting summary will be distributed on PR Newswire at the end of the day outlining the panel's specific recommendations and actions./
 /CONTACT: Laura Lancaster of the National Education Goals Panel, 202-632-0952/ CO: National Education Goals Panel ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:

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