ERIC Number: ED346279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
High School and Beyond. A Profile of Idaho's 1983 High School Graduates. Executive Summary.
Riesenberg, Lou E.; Stenberg, Laurie A.
A follow-up of 1983 Idaho high school graduates who had participated in secondary vocational education sought to determine program effectiveness and efficiency. Idaho public school graduates of 1983 were the population. Data were collected from transcripts and two different mail questionnaires. The Idaho Student Followup questionnaire assessed employment history, current employment situation, and job satisfaction. The Idaho Employer Followup questionnaire obtained employers' ratings of Idaho high school graduates. Usable data were obtained from 2,073 of 2,425 transcripts, 1,381 of 2,112 students, and 73 percent of the 442 employers named by students. Findings showed that both vocational and nonvocational concentrators would favor a college preparation curriculum, if they could do it over. The only significant differences in first jobs were that the nonvocational concentrators had more jobs in the service worker category and vocational concentrators had more in the laborer category. Vocational concentrators experienced fewer major problems in finding their first job. Five years after graduation, more vocational concentrators were self-employed, fewer were unemployed, and fewer were still continuing their education. Both groups had about the same overall level of satisfaction with their current job. Employers did not rate the groups significantly differently. (An attached commentary summarizes public education changes that have significantly affected vocational education since 1983.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Attainment, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Wages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise. Div. of Vocational Education.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho