ERIC Number: ED256116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Work Ability Program, 1982-83: A Cooperative Program of Vocational Training and Work Experience for Special Education High School Students.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Planning, Evaluation, and Research Div.
The report presents evaluative data on the Work Ability program in California, an in-school program for handicapped high schoolers. Designed to increase the employability of handicapped students, the program focused upon work experience in the private sector accomplished through coordinated use of training and employment resources at state and local levels. Three state agencies were involved in program planning and evaluation, the State Department of Education, the Employment Development Department and the Department of Rehabilitation. Project activities fell into three main groups, each having a variety of components: project support activities to generate interagency and community involvement (parent and employer involvement); work experience (job development, job placement, followup); and work readiness (student intake, diagnostic assessment and career exploration). A three part analysis of the program analyzes the impact on student employment, examines program costs by components and project staff ratings of the effectiveness and importance of these components, and addresses cost analysis aspects, dealing specifically with cost sharing by the participating agencies cost savings accruing to these agencies, and reasons for differential expenditures by local districts. Among major findings are that: agencies reduced their per client expenditures because of cost sharing and the exchange of student assessment data or unique services; on-the-job training had significant impact on employers and students; and more than one-third of Work Ability Students began the transition from school to employment. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Planning, Evaluation, and Research Div.