ERIC Number: ED423395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Focus for the Future. The Final Report of the National Tech-Prep Evaluation.
Hershey, Alan M.; Silverberg, Marsha K.; Owens, Tom; Hulsey, Lara K.
In accordance with a mandate included in the 1990 amendments to the Perkins Act, a national evaluation of Tech-Prep implementation was conducted. The evaluation had two main objectives: to determine how effectively Tech-Prep is being implemented and to identify useful implementation practices and challenges. Data were collected from the following sources: surveys of state-level Tech-Prep coordinators in autumn 1993 and spring 1997; surveys of all local Tech-Prep consortium coordinators in autumn 1993, 1994, and 1995; and in-depth studies of 10 local consortia that involved 4 visits to each site and a follow-up survey of a sample of Tech-Prep participants in selected member high schools (the survey was completed by 61% of the sample of 799 students). The evaluation yielded three main conclusions: (1) Tech-Prep consortia have strengthened local collaboration among educators, increased emphasis on career guidance, focused attention on applied forms of academic instruction, and brought employers into more contact with schools; (2) Tech-Prep has taken diverse forms; and (3) federal and state leadership could strengthen Tech-Prep by placing greater emphasis on comprehensive programs of study. (Twenty tables/figures are included. The report contains 23 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Articulation (Education), Career Guidance, Consortia, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Opportunities, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Marketing, Models, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Relations, School Districts, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Tech Prep, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990