ERIC Number: ED374223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-16
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Systems of School-to-Work Transition: A Report on State Progress. Issue Brief.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
A study to ascertain state progress in building school-to-work systems reviewed the state applications for school-to-work planning grants submitted in December 1993 and 1993 state reports on progress toward achieving the National Education Goals. State infrastructure to support and guide local programs included clear goals, public understanding and support of school-to-work efforts, occupational and labor market information resources, skill standards, performance-based assessment tools, portable skill certificates, and evaluation mechanisms. Nearly every state had begun developing some elements of a state school-to-work system. System elements being addressed included occupational information systems, content and skill standards, performance-based assessments, portable skill certificates, and developing a statewide consensus. States with the most elements under development tended to be urban, industrialized states. States that reported the most progress developing the state infrastructure tended to be members of state coalitions. Many states struggled to create strong partnerships with business, industry, and labor. States identified the public's concern and lack of understanding of the goals and strategies of school-to-work programs as one of the most persistent barriers. The number and types of programs to facilitate school-to-work transition varied by state as well as the extent to which the state promotes or supports each model. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Grants, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, State Legislation, State Programs, State Surveys
National Governors' Association, Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001-1572.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994