ERIC Number: ED251609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Evaluation of the Transition Program Implementation (TPI): Shared-Time, 1983-84.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.
The Transition Plan for a Career Development Program was developed as a plan for phasing in the career development concept, including its shared-time features, in the Washington, D.C. public schools. Shared-time is a scheduling process that allows students to attend a comprehensive high school for academic courses and a career development center for vocational/technical courses. After the plan had been implemented, data were gathered via selected interviews; questionnaires sent to selected administrators, counselors, teachers, students and parents; and analysis of students' comprehensive high school grades and absences from class. The results of the study were the following: (1) the modernization of the career development centers has largely been completed and was seen as successful by various participants; (2) counselors played a large role in providing information about the program to students and parents and in the recruitment of students; (3) generally, students, teachers, and parents had positive opinions about the quality of the course offerings; (4) the most serious problems of the program were associated with shared-time scheduling; (5) tenth-grade shared-time students outperformed their colleagues who were not in the program in all academic areas except social studies; and (6) in general, the academic performance and attendance rates of the program participants were as good or better than those of students who did not participate in shared time. Recommendations were made for improved scheduling to eliminate coordination problems and provide more time for students to take required courses, and continued discussion between the high schools and career centers to work out problems as they arise. (KC)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Dual Enrollment, Educational Planning, High School Students, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Shared Services, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.