ERIC Number: ED408768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Partners in Progress: Early Steps in Creating School-to-Work Systems. Executive Summary.
Hershey, Alan M.; And Others
This report presents the first product of a comprehensive 5-year evaluation of a major federal effort, the School-to-Work Opportunities Act (1994), which provides 5-year federal grants as "seed money" to design systems involving work-based learning, school-based learning, and connecting activities. The report is based on extensive site visits in 8 states and 39 communities, and a survey of a representative sample of high school seniors in the same 8 states. This initial evaluation effort has resulted in 10 conclusions, such as: (1) School-to-Work (STW) has generated considerable interest and effort among educators and employers; (2) states have begun building a system by creating employer incentives, promoting career development models, and providing technical assistance to local partnerships; and (3) two of the eight states visited (Kentucky and Oregon) have made STW reforms a central part of the state's more general school reform agenda affecting all students. Individual sections of the executive summary address: the vision of a STW system, evaluation of STW implementation, state approaches to STW implementation, approaches to career development, changes in curriculum (school-based learning and students' work-based activities), large scale participation in diverse STW activities, making local partnerships work, and emerging issues for the future. (DB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Grants, High Schools, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Technical Assistance, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Work Study Programs
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., PO Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994