Graduate Program

Educational Administration

Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Larry Janes


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this field study was to research the literature concerning minimum competency testing and using twelfth grade students at Donovan High School, develop a student originated minimum competency test. Further consideration was given to potential use in curriculum study and minimum competency evaluation.

The students were instructed in the basics of minimum competency tests and testing programs. Care was given to not bias their choice or selection processes.

The completed test was evaluated and considered to be a foundation for future studies in minimum competency testing and curriculum applications.


Although this project was designed by local students to be used within the Donovan School District, this writer believes that the practice of utilizing students in the development of curricular studies and minimum competency programs, is appropriate and beneficial. A project of this type may be applied to programs in other districts that are interested in approaching the same problem in a similar manner.

The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter one indicates the purpose for the project. It states the procedures and limitations that will be followed.

Chapter two presents a review of the available literature. This sampling includes information gathered on the pro and con aspects of minimum competency testing, and legal, federal, state, and local involvment.

Chapter three identifies procedures used in the actual preparation and participation of the project. It discusses the three phases of student involvement that led to the completion of the student developed test.

Chapter four includes applications and recommendations for the test as it applies to use as a minimum competency examination, and as an indicator for potential curriculum change.

Chapter five contains the summary, conclusion, and recommendations that follow the participation in this project.

The appendix contains an example of the student developed minimum competency test and is followed by a complete bibliography.