ERIC Number: ED392901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-12
Reference Count: N/A
Results, Postsecondary Survey of Vocational Standards One through Three.
Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
A survey was conducted of Colorado postsecondary career and technical programs in 1995 to gauge how the state has responded to mandates of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act of 1990. Results were reported for the first three of nine standards developed by a statewide committee in 1992. The three standards require postsecondary programs to demonstrate student achievement in career and technical programs in the following areas: (1) basic and applied academic skills; (2) general occupational skills; and (3) specific occupational skills. Information was gathered through a survey questionnaire mailed to each postsecondary provider, with a follow-up, resulting in returns from 477 programs (91 percent). In the area of standard one, the survey results showed that programs use both commercial instruments (52%) and locally developed instruments (34%) to measure attainment in this area. Fewer than one-quarter of the programs had results available to show either gain scores or other data for standard one. For standard two, programs use a variety of methods to assess general occupational skills, with most programs using more than one method of assessment. The most frequently occurring method is tests, followed by checklists, "other," portfolios, and skills profiles. Nearly 19 percent of postsecondary programs indicate that they use pre- and posttests to assess general occupational skills whereas the remainder use other methods. About 38 percent of the programs were able to document student general occupational skills attainment. For standard three, programs use a variety of methods to assess specific occupational skills. The most frequent method is locally-developed assessments, followed by successful completion of the program, certification examinations, commercial instruments, portfolios, and "other." Nearly 22 percent of postsecondary programs indicate that they use pre- and posttests to assess specific occupational skills whereas the remainder use other methods. About 44 percent of the programs had results available to document student specific occupational skills attainment. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990