ERIC Number: ED375296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-29
Tech Prep Decision Making: Evaluation and Improvement Strategies.
Ruhland, Sheila K.
The evaluation process provides valuable information so that practitioners may share and benchmark their efforts to improve and enhance the quality of the educational reform initiative called tech prep. Evaluation should be part of every phase of a tech prep initiative, from needs assessment to completion. A tech prep program is typically at one of three evaluation stages: beginning programs, intermediate programs, and advanced programs. The evaluation design should be simple, understandable, and usable; dynamic; proactive; cost effective; quantifiable; transferable; and formative and summative in nature. Program focus components are areas of an educational program that are to be evaluated. Examples of program components that may be beneficial to consider when evaluating a tech prep effort are as follows: administration and organization; articulation and collaboration; student program planning and implementation; curriculum development; marketing efforts; program effects; staff development; and evaluation strategies. A national evaluation of tech prep education programs funded under the Perkins Act is being conducted to identify effective practices. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Utilization, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A