ERIC Number: ED328786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Basic Skills Remediation Practices in JTPA Youth Programs. Monograph Series Vol. 2, No. 1.
Center for Remediation Design, Washington, DC.
The Center for Remediation Design and Brandeis University (Massachusetts) conducted a series of telephone interviews to develop a manual of assessment for Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) youth programs. These interviews were conducted with youth planners in each service delivery area during August 1987. The goal of this project was to explore common practices, what JTPA programs are doing about basic skills assessment, and what the stress points and vital signs are. A total of 150 programs out of an original randomly selected sample of 205 participated. The report from the field is encouraging with regard to the advances made toward incorporating basic education skills and refining assessment in the absence of specific guidance or training. The assessment information generated from these tests was used for a combination of purposes: (1) to appraise basic skills; (2) to diagnose where learning should begin; (3) for benchmarking purposes; and (4) as a posttest to certify attainment. The most common practice was the use of standardized tests for pre and post data collection; 92% of the sample administered standardized tests. The most common additional assessment strategy was the intake interview. When asked about issues or problems, all staff regarded the lack of staff training in assessment and instruction, motivation and lack of incentives for participants, attendance and retention, and lack of cooperation from the school system as real problems. (The survey and survey results are included. Part 1 addresses basic skills remediation in JTPA youth programs and part 2 addresses JTPA assessments strategies: identifying issues and instruments. In addition, an appendix lists the 150 randomly selected programs used for this study.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Remediation Design, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Job Training Partnership Act 1982