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CHAMBER OKS RESOLUTION FAVORING STANDARD SKILLS TEST

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A resolution favoring development of a standardized way to test basic skills and competency of all Utah school students and also a method of comparing them with students from other states has been adopted by the board of governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

A favorable vote on the resolution came Tuesday after Jim Peacock, chairman of the chamber's Business Education Partnership Committee, presented the group's mission and goals for 1989-90."We need a statewide evaluation system to see what the schools are doing. The committee thinks the schools are doing a better job than most critics believe," Peacock said.

The resolution notes that economic development is a critical element of the vitality of Utah's business climate, which is dependent upon a committed and educated work force and that is a product of a good education system.

In addition to recommending the statewide evaluation of students, the committee also wants to organize programs to encourage business and education to work together in partnership programs involving business and education.

Some of the proposals are to offer business/education tours, honor outstanding educators with distinguished service awards, have business representatives speak in schools, have businesses allow their employees to help in schools and put an educator on the chamber's board of governors.