ERIC Number: ED403400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Washington School-to-Work Evaluation. Volume II: Case Study Report.
Owens, Thomas R.
School-to-work programs (STW) at 10 sites throughout Washington (Bethel, Camas, Central Valley, Columbia River, Goldendale, Grand Coulee Dam, Issaquah, Metlow Valley, Sumner, and Wenatchee) were examined through the following activities: reviewing background documents, interviewing key educators, observing academic and technical classes, conducting focus groups with 6-9 STW students, and worksite visits. The study was designed to identify the following: STW programs's efforts to meet state-mandated objectives; ways programs are using state funds; promising STW practices; preliminary impacts on students' academic and vocational skills and employability; ways business, industry, and labor are participating in STW; and needed changes in legislation/program policy. Most districts visited were beginning to articulate a vision of STW programming and motivate people (including academic and occupational teachers and community members) to work together to achieve that vision. The following areas were identified as needing improvement: failure to communicate the integrated and systemic nature of STW to all parties; slow pace of tying STW to tech prep and postsecondary options; and inattention to sustaining STW beyond reliance on special state funds. (Appended are the following: lists of program sites, STW coordinators, and study team, and evaluation advisory team members; interview questions; site visit instruction guide; and abstracts summarizing programs at 44 STW sites.) (MN)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Academic Education, Career Development, Case Studies, Counseling Services, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Financial Support, Integrated Curriculum, Models, Noncollege Bound Students, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, School Counseling, Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Teacher Participation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Education and Work Program.
Identifiers - Location: Washington