ERIC Number: ED354343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Vocational Education Standards and Measures: Strengthening Local Accountability Systems for Program Improvement.
Stecher, Brian M.; Hanser, Lawrence M.
A significant change in vocational education brought about by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act 1990 amendments was the introduction of outcome-based accountability. Accountability from the local perspective was explored through interviews with local program administrators, staff, students, and employers in secondary and postsecondary vocational education programs in five states. Interviews focused on accountability, program improvement, relationship between programs and their constituents, and possible effects of Perkins Act requirements. A model of the local accountability systems operating in vocational education programs was developed. It illustrated how goals, measures, feedback, influence, and reform interacted to influence program practice and offered guidance for evaluating and strengthening local accountability systems. It was recommended that states take an active role in improving local accountability systems by reviewing and offering guidance to strengthen goals and measures, increase feedback and influence, and improve program planning. Conclusions were as follows: functioning local accountability systems exist; local accountability systems can aid program improvement; states can evaluate and strengthen local accountability systems; neither state nor local education agencies are fully prepared for their new roles; and the Perkins Act may overemphasize externally developed outcome-based standards and measures. (Appendixes include an article on changing responsibilities of local and state education agencies under the act and a 55-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Agency Role, Educational Legislation, Educational Research, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Models, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Improvement, School Districts, Secondary Education, State Departments of Education, State Government, State School District Relationship, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.; Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990