ERIC Number: ED335484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
State-Level Measurement of Performance Outcomes in Postsecondary Vocational Education. Volume I: Executive Summary. An Overview of State Policies.
Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
State activities to collect information on program outcomes for students enrolled in postsecondary vocational education were examined in spring 1990. A multistage process, beginning with a review of state reports and legislation, was followed by telephone interviews with state officials. The average number of respondents per state was five. Governance of secondary and postsecondary vocational education was commonly divided among a variety of state agencies. This division severely limited states' ability to develop comprehensive policies. No state measured program outcomes in the same way for students in public postsecondary programs and in proprietary school programs. States collected information about the number of program completers, job placement of program completers, and job placement related to training. The most frequently used sources of information were surveys of former students and surveys of employers. An increasing interest in third-party data was noted. Few states attempted to verify the validity of data reported by schools. Most states that required schools to report data did not analyze it. States used collected student outcome data to conduct individual program reviews, respond to ad hoc requests from the government, and compile profiles available to public and proprietary institutions. State policies on outcome measurement were changing rapidly, as evidenced by new legislation and descriptions of new procedures. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Followup Studies, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Proprietary Schools, Public Schools, State Legislation, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For Volume II ("Profiles of State Data Collection Activities"), see CE 058 611.