ERIC Number: ED360509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Vocational Education. Status in School Year 1990-91 and Early Signs of Change at Secondary Level. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
As a preliminary step in identifying changes occurring in vocational education after the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act, a study gathered information on the status of vocational schools in school year (SY) 1991 and changes reported in SY 1992. Surveys assessed the status of program quality, collected information on estimated vocational education enrollments, and obtained information on the distribution of Perkins funding. In SY 1991, relatively few schools reported having quality components. In SY 1992, school district officials often attributed changes, such as upgrading teacher training or improving curricula, at least partially to the amendments. The new requirement that districts concentrate funds in a limited number of schools with the highest portions of targeted students did not result in a significant decrease in the number of schools funded in SY 1992. Little change was found in targeted group participation in vocational education. The Department of Education, states, and local school districts needed to make better progress toward meeting the amendments' goals for assessing vocational programs. Major portions of a national data system were in place, states were developing systems of standards and measures, but at the local level, about half the schools did not keep placement data. (Appendixes provide scope and methodology, present additional details, provide information on six school districts visited, and summarize responses to district and school questionnaires.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Quality, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Special Needs Students, Vocational Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies, $2 each; 100 or more, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990