ERIC Number: ED229401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Difference Between Pennsylvania Vocational School and Comprehensive High School Assessment Scores.
Blust, Ross S.; Hertzog, James F.
In 1982 vocational schools participated in Pennsylvania's state assessment program, the Educational Quality Assessment (EQA). When EQA data were tabulated, the vocational school scores were low in comparison to the comprehensive high school scores. An analysis of the vocational school and comprehensive high school scores using state assessment data was performed. School raw scores were calculated for a cognitive area by finding the mean number of items correct for all grade 11 students assessed in the school. Although matrix sampling was employed, school mean scores were calculated based on the total number of items for a goal area. The socio-economic status, teacher perceptions on school conditions, and student perceptions on selected variables were used to analyze differences in school conditions between the schools. Results indicated that: (1) vocational schools scored lower than comprehensive high schools in 13 of 14 areas, (2) full-time vocational schools scored higher than all vocational schools, (3) non-vocational students had a statistically significant advantage in all 21 school condition variables, (4) vocational schools and vocational students had their own unique characteristics, and (5) high socio-economic vocational students scored lower than high socio-economic non-vocational students. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983). Appendices contain small print.