ERIC Number: ED164869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Massachusetts Statewide Educational Assessment 1977-78. Technical Report. Career and Occupational Development.
Gorth, William P.; And Others
The 1977-78 Massachusetts statewide assessment of Career and Occupational Development (COD) involved the testing of 2,238 thirteen-year-olds and 2,201 seventeen-year-olds. The assessment design required developmental activities aimed at the production of (1) customized achievement tests referenced to important COD objectives, (2) student questionnaires designed to collect information on individual student and home variables, and (3) principal questionnaires designed to collect information on school-related variables. A panel of educators, school administrators, and business representatives met to evaluate the actual student performance in terms of their own "benchmark" of desirable achievement. Results were compared on each age level and on the COD objectives, which were organized in the following areas: job characteristics; job requirements; career decision making; basic skills; and attitudes and values. Based on these comparisons, the panel felt that more emphasis should be placed on teaching career decision making skills to both age levels and on giving thirteen-year-olds additional instruction in the kinds of abilities, training, and preparation required for various careers. Overall, the panel felt that students at both age levels were receiving sufficient instruction in the other areas. (The first four chapters of this report contain a summary of the design and methodology of the assessment. The remaining seven chapters present a detailed analysis of the assessment results. A number of supporting documents appear in the appendixes, and a companion document--CE 019 016--presents a complete interpretation and summary of the results.) (BM)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Awareness, Career Development, Career Education, Data Analysis, Decision Making Skills, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Methods, Information Dissemination, Program Development, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Test Construction, Testing, Values, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Research and Assessment.
Authoring Institution: National Evaluation Systems, Inc., Amherst, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts