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ERIC Number: ED423395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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