ERIC Number: ED035744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Utilization of Competency Examinations in Vocational and Technical Education.
Larson, Milton E.; Crain, William
To assist Colorado in evaluating certification requirements, the study sought information about the utilization of competency examinations and the means by which certification is attained in the technical, trade and industrial, and business and office education services. Questionnaires were sent to the State Directors of Vocational Education in the 54 states and territories and to the individuals in charge of competency examinations in the 16 states which use such examinations. Ninety-eight percent of the questionnaires sent to directors and 89 percent of the questionnaires sent to the individuals in charge of competency examinations were returned. Some findings were: (1) 16 states administer competency examinations--all in trade and industrial, 12 in technical, two in business and office, and one in distributive education, (2) Five states have discontinued use of these examinations while seven others plan to begin their use, (3) Competency examinations were used for allowing college credit by 12 states and for credentialing by eight states, (4) Updating, developing, and scheduling were problems encountered, and (5) Only two respondents indicated that examination scores and years of experience were equated for certification purposes. Extensive additional data is presented in tabular form. (JK)
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Sponsor: Colorado Research Coordinating Unit, Ft. Collins.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.