A new parent group called PROBE has formed to support the outcomes approach to education in Carroll County.
The group will make its debut at the county school board meeting at 9 a.m. today in Room 271 of the Courthouse Annex, 55 N. Court St.
"The group has formed to help support what the Carroll County school system is doing to implement exit outcomes and outcomes-based education," said M. Lynn Earp, of Westminster. Our mission is to help the parent community at large have a better understanding of what exit outcomes are really about."
PROBE stands for Parents Respond to Outcomes-Based Education.
The outcomes approach means that schools clearly define what students should know and be able to do by the end of a unit, course and the end of their schooling.
Ms. Earp said parents in the new group are frustrated by the lack of understanding about and opposition to outcomes-based education by other parents in the county.
She was among parents who participated in a workshop this summer that examined Carroll's existing curriculum based on the concept of exit outcomes. The workshop, at Westminster High School in June, was sponsored by county school officials.
Since April, parents in a group called Carroll County Citizens for Quality Education have protested the seven "exit outcomes" that the school board approved in May.
The seven exit outcomes say that, by the time students leave the school system, they should be able communicators, perceptive problem solvers, collaborative workers, involved citizens, innovative producers, lifelong learners and individuals with a positive self-concept.
Beginning this summer, school staff and parents have been writing specific outcomes for each unit, course and subject area.