ERIC Number: ED353408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pandora's Box: Accountability and Performance Standards in Vocational Education.
Hill, Paul T.; And Others
This report explores educational accountability in the United States, specifically accountability in vocational education. Section 1 provides a brief overview of the history of evaluation activity in federal educational programs and sets the major accountability, evaluation, and performance provisions of the 1990 Perkins legislation in that context. Section 2 presents an analytical framework for understanding accountability and performance standards. It highlights the relationship between performance measures and educational accountability. Section 3 draws on interviews with state and local officials to describe how they understand the new requirements and to assess their organizational capacity to implement them. It identifies several impediments to effective state-local cooperation in developing systems of performance measurement: lack of resources and personnel; insufficient attention to program quality and relevance in some local education authorities; and possibilities of conflicts of interest among students, educators, and employers. Section 4 draws on interviews with federal officials, in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education, to explain their understanding of these new provisions. Section 5 summarizes the implications of this study for accountability in vocational education and recommends that federal and state accountability efforts focus on local program improvement, not on creation of a national database. The report includes 31 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Performance, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Standards, 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: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990