ERIC Number: ED377332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Quality and Accountability in Vocational Technological Programs: An Evaluation of Arizona's VTE Model and Performance Standards.
Vandegrift, Judith A.; And Others
A study examined statewide implementation of the Arizona Department of Education's vocational technological education (ADE/VTE) model and the feasibility of using Arizona's performance standards in evaluating processes/outcomes at model sites. Data were collected from a pilot study of 12 sites and survey of 128 Arizona local education authorities (LEAs). Although most schools surveyed believed they were implementing model programs, site visits established that many schools were not in fact replicating the ADE/VTE model. Conceptual/definitional difficulties with the ADE/VTE model and performance standards and problems in local implementation of the model and standards were identified. The following actions were recommended: simplify the model, increase technical assistance and support to LEAs toward implementing the VTE model, redesign the performance standards system to enable collection and reporting of valid and reliable student performance data, enhance technical assistance efforts to help sites collect/report more valid/reliable data and use data for program improvement, and work toward designing an evaluation system incorporating recent federal/state policy reforms. (Fourteen tables/figures are included. Appendixes constituting approximately two-thirds of this report contain the following: list of ADE/VTE model-funded sites, site visit reports and checklists, site visit comparisons on program characteristics, and results of the LEA performance standards procedures survey.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Utilization, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, School Districts, Secondary Education, State Standards, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Tables (Data), Technology Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix. Div. of Vocational Technological Education.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona