ERIC Number: ED410419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-13
Reference Count: N/A
Washington School-to-Work Evaluation Report.
The extent and quality of school-to-work (STW) programs in the state of Washington were evaluated through a survey of all school districts receiving state STW funds and case studies of programs in four school districts (Bethel, Methow, Sumner, and Wapato), one consortium (Columbia River School-to-Work Consortium in Clark County), and two extended-day programs for out-of-school youth (Kitsap Peninsula Vocational Skills Center and Career Link Academy, Seattle). Of the 69 grant recipients surveyed, 67 completed surveys. It was concluded that the awarding of state STW funds has resulted in statistically significant growth in all the following areas: integration of vocational and academic learning; career pathways; career and academic counseling; learner goals and performance; partnerships with business industry, and labor; and active participation of educators. In 1996, 27,792 students in grades 7-12 participated in structured STW experiences. State funds were used primarily for staff development, curriculum development, equipment/materials, and release time for teachers to plan and work together. Several problems were noted, including general insecurity about future funding and difficulties in implementing school-to-work in some rural schools. (Thirteen tables are included. Appended are a composite set of site visitation questions and the 1996-97 Washington State School-to-Work Survey.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Consortia, Core Curriculum, Day Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Counseling, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Enrollment, Financial Support, Flexible Progression, Graduation Requirements, Integrated Curriculum, Out of School Youth, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Rural Areas, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Districts, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Tables (Data), Teacher Participation, Unions, Vocational Education, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.; 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