ERIC Number: ED344907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Hands-On Assessment: Beyond the Pencil and Paper in Vocational Education.
New Jersey has taken steps to improve vocational education programs and services in response to two state reports and the measurement and evaluation requirements of the reauthorized Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-392). Among state initiatives is the Occupational Competency Project, a study of 100 occupations with high anticipated annual job openings. Competency tests (performance standards) generated through this project will be the basis for the measurement of performance, and tests will be developed or identified to determine how well vocational education projects are preparing individuals for employment. Federal guidelines for the development of such an accountability system are being incorporated into a state and local standards and measures system with the following components: (1) identification of measures (learning and labor market); (2) development of lists of skills/competencies; (3) development of assessment strategies; (4) standard setting; (5) assessment of students; and (6) evaluation. An Occupation Competency Panel will prepare recommendations for the statewide occupational competency assessment program. One flowchart and an outline of potential measures and standards are included. An appendix contains a suggested management plan (including requirements under statutory authority, tasks, status, and timelines) for development of an evaluation system that meets the intent of the Perkins Act. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, High Schools, Minimum Competency Testing, Occupational Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Standard Setting (Scoring), State Standards, Student Evaluation, Systems Development, Test Selection, Test Use, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; New Jersey; Occupational Competency Project NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).