ERIC Number: ED209483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Secondary Vocational Programs--The Wisconsin Model.
In an attempt to promote optimal planning and improvement of local vocational programs as well as to be accountable for the distribution of vocational funds, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Bureau of Vocational Education, has, since 1976, sponsored the development of a statewide secondary vocational education program evaluation model. The Wisconsin Statewide Secondary Vocational Program Evaluation System has been piloted extensively and implemented on a five-year cyclical basis. Participating schools plan, conduct, and report a comprehensive self-evaluation as phase 1. In phase 2, schools host either a full external evaluation team, or, when resources are scarce, appropriate schools may elect to host a mini on-site visitation. For phase 3, Implementation of Evaluation Findings, schools develop short- and long-range plans for improvement based on findings from the self-evaluation and specific guidelines. Results over a five-year period show that the evaluation did make a difference in improving programs at the local level; and that the mini on-site visitation is an effective use of scarce resources. In addition, yearly composite evaluation reports based on self-evaluation data from participating schools have been published to aid state-level planners of vocational education in Wisconsin. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Federal State Relationship, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Research Methodology, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), Site Analysis, State Agencies, State School District Relationship, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.