ERIC Number: ED392900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-12
Reference Count: N/A
Results, Secondary Survey of Vocational Standards One through Three.
Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
A survey was conducted of Colorado secondary career and technical programs in 1995 to gauge how the state has responded to mandates of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act of 1990. Results were reported for the first three of nine standards developed by a statewide committee in 1992. The three standards require secondary programs to demonstrate student achievement in career and technical programs in the following areas: (1) basic and applied academic skills; (2) general occupational skills; and (3) specific occupational skills. Information was gathered through a survey questionnaire mailed to each secondary provider with a follow-up, resulting in returns from 92 percent. In the area of standard one, the survey results showed that programs use both commercial and locally developed instruments to measure attainment in this area. About half of the programs had results available, with about 65 percent of those gathered from exit data of program completers. For standard two, programs use a range of methods to assess general occupational skills, with most programs using more than one method of assessment. The most frequently occurring method is tests, followed by checklists, "other," portfolios, and skills profiles. Forty-two percent of secondary programs indicate that they use pre- and posttests to assess general occupational skills whereas the remainder use other methods. About 54 percent of the programs were able to document student general occupational skills attainment. For standard three, programs use a variety of methods to assess specific occupational skills. The most frequent method is locally-developed assessments, followed by successful completion of the program, certification examinations, commercial instruments, portfolios, and "other." Nearly 38 percent of secondary programs indicate that they use pre- and posttests to asses specific occupational skills whereas the remainder use other methods. About 56 percent of the programs had results available to document student specific occupational skills attainment. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Identifiers: Carl D Perkins Voc and Appl Techn Educ Act 1990; Colorado
Note: For the postsecondary results, see CE 071 010.