ERIC Number: ED403401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Washington School-to-Work Evaluation. Volume III: Final Evaluation Report.
Owens, Thomas R.
An evaluation study was conducted to determine the impact of the Washington state legislature's 3-year investment of $2.55 million in a School-to-Work Transition Program (STW). The key components of the evaluation consist of a written survey of the 33 STW coordinators in the state, case study visits to 10 communities throughout the state engaged in STW, and data from 5,489 11th grade students in the fall of 1994 from 23 high schools in 11 districts. This final evaluation included the following activities: the 10 case studies; reactions to the case study process by school-to-work coordinators and team members; state assessment data for 23 high schools in the 10 case-study communities; and futures scenarios to create a flavor of what a comprehensive STW might look like from a student perspective. The study found that a total of 45,718 secondary students in the state are involved in STW activities as a result of state funding. The following strengths of the program were identified: embedding STW goals into the overall mission and goals of the district; integrating STW funds; getting academic as well as vocational teachers involved in the program; identifying and meeting staff development needs; and hiring competent STW coordinators. Recommendations were made for improvements in communications, integration with other programs, articulation, integrating curriculum; curriculum development and sharing, comprehensive evaluation, and student involvement. (Appendixes---more than half the document--contain abstracts of 44 STW programs.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Development, Career Education, Case Studies, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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