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ERIC Number: ED403400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 207
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: 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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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