ERIC Number: ED255636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
State of the Art Review of Vocational Education Evaluation: State Evaluation Procedures and Practices.
Smith, Ester Gottlieb; Holt, Nancy
This report examines current state practices and procedures for assessing vocational education programs in light of the evaluation requirements of the 1976 Vocational Education Act Amendments. The report is based on information obtained through personal and telephone interviews with vocational education administrative personnel in the states, along with a review of data collection forms and evaluation guidelines. The survey found that there were many problems in the states, such as the following: (1) insufficient funds to conduct or monitor evaluations; (2) insufficient staff who are trained in evaluation and data analysis to design and use evaluation procedures; (3) lack of access to information processing facilities; (4) lack of clarity about the intent of the law; and (5) inaccuracy in reporting, resulting in an incorrect assessment of program operations. The study found that, in general, states have been more concerned with the issue of compliance--having some evaluation procedures in place for use in 1978-79--than with the development of a comprehensive and sound evaluation system. The study also found that of the three evaluation components in the regulations, states' efforts have largely centered on the development or revision of the program review and follow-up components, while little effort has been expended in the area of student achievement. Finally, the study concluded that, although the vocational evaluation state-of-practice has considerably revived as a result of the 1976 Amendments, it is in a transitory state and needs further efforts. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compliance (Legal), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Followup Studies, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Problems, Secondary Education, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CRC Education and Human Development Inc., Belmont, MA.
Identifiers: Vocational Education Amendments 1976