ERIC Number: ED346287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
State Initiatives for School and the Workplace.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Educational Equity.
The Survey on State Initiatives to Improve School and Workplace Learning asked state education agencies (SEAs) a series of questions about activities in their states. The questions were grouped around several important aspects of the connection between school and employment. Forty-seven states and U.S. territories returned completed surveys. Most SEA responses indicated that current efforts to identify and assess work readiness skills focused on those skills required for specific jobs. A considerable number of states explained they were in the early stages of curriculum reform for emphasizing student preparation for employment. Several states noted that guidance and counseling were required or available; no evaluation of the effectiveness of the current guidance approaches was mentioned. Most states responded to questions about incentives by the SEA to local education agencies or schools to improve employment readiness by pointing to monies made available for Tech Prep under the Perkins Act. In addition to the typical examples of annual conferences, regional workshops, or inservice training days focused on improving student preparation for employment, the Perkins Act was most frequently associated with SEA staff development efforts. Incentives provided to employers to prepare youth for employment were few. (Appendixes include a compilation of programs in the states where at least one-fourth of student instruction occurs in the workplace and a list of 12 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Guidance, Corporate Support, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, National Surveys, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Staff Development, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC. Resource Center on Educational Equity.
Note: For a related document, see CE 061 302.