COURSE GOALS COLLECTION WAS COMPLETED IN 1980–81 BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Education’s Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, having been initiated in 1971 as the Tri-County Course Goal Project. According to the price list for the collection, 70,000 copies were in use throughout the United States in 1981. Descriptors within the Collection state:
“The collection consists of fourteen volumes with 15,000 goals covering every major subject
taught in the public schools from K–12.”
Course Goals Collection, based on “the theoretical work of Bloom, Tyler, Gagne, Piaget,
Krathwohl, Walbesser, Mager, and others,” blatantly recommends the use of Mastery Learning
when it states: “The K–12 Goals Collection provides a resource for developing diagnostic-prescriptive Mastery Learning approaches, both programmed and teacher managed.”
This collection also advocates the use of Management by Objectives and Planning, Programming
and Budgeting Systems when it asserts:
Perhaps the greatest need addressed by the project is for a sound basis for accountability in education... assistance such as Planning, Program, Budget and Management systems or even general concepts such as Management by Objectives.
The use of values clarification and behavior modification is also encouraged when the Goals
Collection points out that:
Value goals of two types are included: those related to processes of values clarification; secondly, those representing values, choices that might be fostered in the context of the discipline.Goals states under “Content” that there is to be none because
[E]stablished facts change, causing many fact-bound curricula to become obsolete during the approximately five-year lag between their inception and their widespread dissemination, and social mobility and cultural pluralism make it increasingly difficult to identify the important facts.The Course Goals Collection is evidence of illegal federal involvement in curriculum development.
The extent of its use nationwide in 1981 is obvious since 70,000 copies were distributed
and there were only approximately 16,000 school districts in the nation. Is it any wonder all
states now have the same goals?
Charlotte Danielson, M.A., in the appendix to her Practitioners Implementation Handbook
[series]: The Outcome-Based Curriculum, 2nd Ed. (Outcomes Associates; Princeton, N.J.,
1992) entitled, “Classification System for the School Curriculum” acknowledged her use of the
Course Goals Collection developed by the Tri-County Development Project. In the “Introduction
to Outcome-Based Education” to Danielson’s Handbook she inextricably connects Outcome-
Based Education to Effective Schools Research when she says:
Outcome-Based Education is a system for the organization and delivery of the instructional program in elementary and secondary schools which assures success for every student [emphasis in original]. It incorporates the findings of the Effective Schools Research, linking them together into a comprehensive and powerful model. Educators in outcome-based schools know that if they organize their schools properly, and offer high-quality instruction, all students will succeed with no change in standards. (p. 1)[Ed. Note: Probably the most important quote involving the above Goals Project—at least as
it relates to the definition of scientific, research-based instruction—is one found in Indiana
Senator Joan Gubbins’s excellent report entitled “Goals and Objectives: Towards a National
Curriculum?” prepared for the National Council on Educational Research, September 26, 1986
as part of an investigation of the NWREL Goals Project. On page 16 of her report is the following
I believe the personal valuing goals (included in the Goals Project) would be more properly classified as behavior modification procedures. Therefore, the Project’s definition of behavior modification is illuminating:
Americans supporting the use of mastery learning, outcome-based education, and direct[P]rocedures used in programs of behavior modification or behavioral management are based on principles derived from scientific research (e.g., stimulus-response-reinforcement).
instruction to teach reading, take heed! When advised that such instruction is “scientific,
research-based,” remember the above U.S. Department of Education definition!]