ERIC Number: ED315607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Shared-Time versus Full-Time Vocational High Schools in Delaware: An Assessment.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth; Tuma, John E.
A study was undertaken to determine whether Delaware should attempt to maintain two shared-time area vocational schools or whether the schools should be converted to full-time vocational high schools. A number of state and local officials, including all of the superintendents in Kent and Sussex Counties, were interviewed and documents were reviewed. Among the findings were that the arrangements for operating shared-time vocational-technical schools were not working and enrollments at both vocational-technical schools were down more than 40 percent from peak levels in 1977-78. Factors contributing to the declining enrollments included a general decrease in secondary school enrollments of approximately 20 percent, increased graduation requirements, higher rates of students' failing required courses, structure of the curriculum, lack of communication and integration between sending schools and area schools, structure of the funding system, transportation conflicts, inadequate attention to extracurricular activities, and incompatible governance structures. The most significant explanation was considered to be the combination of independent governance with a "win/lose" funding system that created competition for students that greatly inhibited cooperation and coordination among districts. It was felt that without forceful state action, enrollments at the shared-time schools would almost certainly continue to decline; however, conversion to full-time schools was not considered a guaranteed improvement. (The document includes an eight-page appendix of simulation summaries.) (CML)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Dual Enrollment, Educational Administration, Governance, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Regional Schools, Resource Allocation, Shared Resources and Services, Student Transportation, Vocational Education, Vocational High Schools
National Center for Research in Vocational Education Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (Order No. MDS-204).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Delaware State Dept. of Public Instruction, Dover.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware