ERIC Number: ED415402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Heading Students towards Career Horizons. Tech-Prep Implementation Progress, 1993-1995.
Silverberg, Marsha K.; Hulsey, Lara K.; Hershey, Alan M.
In fall 1992, 87 percent of coordinators of funded local tech prep consortia (n=897) completed the third national evaluation survey. Findings indicated the following: formation of new consortia slowed; they grew larger and included a substantial and increasing share of school districts; middle school and postsecondary membership expanded; inclusion of business, industry, and labor grew; and business and labor participated less in consortium leadership. Consortia engaged in promotional activities and took steps to increase access of special populations. Professional development remained a central part of tech prep. Local consortia implemented diverse program models. Attention to career development increased gradually, availability of career-focused programs of study and participation rose sharply, curriculum change focused on applied academics, articulation expanded, and workplace activity was more common. Tech prep participation was most strongly linked to enrollment in vocational courses. Participants represented a small but growing share of the secondary school population, and growing numbers were involved in workplace activities. Many tech prep high school graduates chose postsecondary education and training as a common pathway, but they increasingly chose to attend four-year institutions. Consortia collected various evaluation plans and used them in different ways. Coordinators identified successful aspects of tech prep development and major barriers faced. (YLB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Career Development, Career Education, Consortia, Followup Studies, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Tech Prep, Unions, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 384 713 and CE 075 036-037.