ERIC Number: ED262144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Training Opportunities Program (TOP) Employer/Trainee Component, 1983-84. Final Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The Training Opportunities Program (TOP) is an occupational project for New York City high school students. TOP trainees are placed in businesses and agencies with facilities, equipment, and human resources not available in the public schools. In 1983-84, the third year of the program's operation, TOP was funded to serve 2,000 students. An evaluation of that year's program found that the employers who retained trainees were unanimous in citing good trainee performance on the job as the reason they retained trainees as regular employees. Most employers said they would continue to participate in TOP, and most were extremely positive in describing their experiences with the program. When contrasted with a group of non-participating students, TOP participants had higher achievement in English, social studies, and in their area of specialization or major. Similarly, the TOP student recruitment and selection process is based on a number of considerations, including achievement in academic subjects, but coordinators relied most heavily on their personal knowledge of the student's abilities and the demands at the job site. Major findings and recommendations of the evaluation were: (1) the academic achievement of students with high grades declined slightly while participating in TOP, but lower-achieving students' grades improved; (2) absence rates declined for all TOP participants surveyed, but especially for below average students; (3) TOP should continue to emphasize trainees' vocational skills and interests, since these are more important to employers than academic skills; (4) the current selection process for participants should be revised to deemphasize the importance of strong grades in academic subjects; and (5) a greater range of students should be included in the program. (KH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Cooperative Programs, High Schools, Job Placement, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Office of Educational Assessment, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.