ERIC Number: ED211823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Proficiency Training Program. Final Report, 1980-81.
Evaluation Systems Design, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.
The Occupational Proficiency Training (OPT) Program was initiated to identify potential dropouts and place them in an alternative vocational education program. Remedial communication and mathematics classes were also included in the program's design. In the first year 21 ninth grade students 14 years of age and two years behind grade were selected. To determine knowledge of and attitude about the program, surveys were conducted of students in the OPT program, their parents, and teachers of vocational education and remedial reading and mathematics. Results indicated students and parents were knowledgeable about and pleased with the program. Teacher comments were also positive. The California Achievement Test (CAT) was administered as a pretest/posttest to all Mitchell County High School students. On the pretest regular students (highest scores) performed higher than non OPT (qualified but not selected for OPT), OPT, and vocational education students. Score analysis indicated that regular students scored highest on pretest/posttests; vocational education students scored next highest; non OPT students scored third highest; and OPT students were low scorers. Improvements were noted in reading scores across all groups. Increases were greatest for OPT students. Mathematics scores improved for some groups but decreased for OPT students. (Nine data tables are provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Diagnosis, Grade 9, Job Skills, Parent Attitudes, Potential Dropouts, Pretests Posttests, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Placement, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation Systems Design, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.