ERIC Number: ED343000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Performance Measures and Standards for Vocational Education: 1991 Survey Results.
Hoachlander, E. Gareth; Rahn, Mikala L.
A survey assessed states' initial efforts in the development of performance measures and standards for vocational education. All 50 states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey. Seventy-one percent were planning to develop separate systems of accountability for secondary and postsecondary vocational education. About one-half of all states used specific performance measures and/or standards in the past. Almost all states anticipated using at least four measures. Of the 57 percent that planned to develop standards specifically for special populations, most states reported they would collect information on performance standards for the following: individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency, actual or potential dropouts, people who are economically disadvantaged, and participants in nontraditional programs. Most states planned to rely on tests of achievement in reading and mathematics to assess academic gains. About one-half planned to assess occupational competencies. In almost one-half of states, no statewide tests of academic achievement were administered at the postsecondary level. States were moving toward competency-based curricula in secondary and postsecondary vocational education. About 70 percent anticipated reporting data for all students in secondary and postsecondary programs. Most states (59 percent) had earmarked money for developing accountability systems. (Seventeen figures are provided. Appendixes include survey responses and state contact persons.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Incentives, Performance, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990