ERIC Number: ED375257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Vocational Education Performance Standards and Assessment Techniques: A Study of Approved State Systems.
McCaslin, N. L.; Headley, W. Scot
A study examined the system of performance measures and standards approved in each state in response to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act of 1990. An initial letter and two follow-up letters were sent to 54 state directors of vocational education. All states responded with information concerning their approved systems of measures for secondary vocational education programs and 52 responded with information concerning their approved systems of measures for postsecondary programs. Findings indicated that 16 states at the secondary level and 19 at the postsecondary level developed separate systems of performance measures and standards for assessing basic and advanced academic skills. In the assessment of secondary academic skills, high school proficiency exams were a commonly used technique for assessing basic academics; portfolios and course/program completion were used more frequently to assess advanced academics. About two-thirds of the states at the secondary level used something other than nationally recognized techniques for assessing academic skills. Work skill attainment was assessed predominantly by locally selected or developed techniques at both the secondary and postsecondary level. The most frequently reported standard for secondary program completion was 80-90 percent. Locally selected and course/program completion were the most popular techniques for assessing academic skills and competency attainment at the postsecondary level. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Note: For a related document, see ED 360 474.