ERIC Number: ED415283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
New York State Tech-Prep: Results of a State-Wide Evaluation.
Newman, Dianna; Brown, Adam; Newcomer, Laurie; Campbell, Kim; Miwa, Keiko
New York State Tech-Prep is a joint-secondary-higher-education program with the objective of providing students with rigorous technical and academic skills. Currently 30 Tech-Prep consortia operate across the state. In 1996, the state commissioned an evaluation of its Tech-Prep programs. This report summarizes information from the first study that was part of the evaluation, a state-wide description of efforts on behalf of Tech-Prep, including a general description of students, curriculum practices, and stakeholder perceptions. Data were collected from stakeholders in each of the 30 consortia through written surveys and focus groups at each site. Survey responses were received from 23 consortium directors, 296 high school teachers, 79 high school teachers of special needs students, 70 high school administrators, 73 guidance counselors, 865 high school students, 65 special-needs high school students, 40 post-secondary administrators, 26 admissions staff, and 57 post-secondary students. Tech-Prep was perceived as providing a positive contribution to students, staff, and the community. Students found the classes interesting, and staff felt that Tech-Prep helps orient students toward the workplace. Administrators also thought that Tech-Prep improved relationships among schools, the community, and businesses. As part of the evaluation, participants and stakeholders identified some barriers to program success, citing the need for increased financial support in particular. Two appendixes discuss survey methodology and respondents and interview methodology and respondents. (Contains 29 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Evaluation Consortium.
Identifiers - Location: New York