ERIC Number: ED425304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana Essential Skills & Technical Proficiencies Initiative. Indiana Workforce Proficiency Panel. 1998 Annual Report.
Indiana State Dept. of Workforce Development, Indianapolis.
The Indiana Workforce Proficiency Panel is responsible for identifying a common set of essential and technical skills for success in occupational areas and issuing Certificates of Technical Achievement. Incumbent workers and students can earn certificates in seven areas that are in high demand in Indiana's labor market and offer high-paying jobs with upward mobility. Certificates function as "open transcripts" and document application of knowledge and skill--over time and across classroom learning, work-based training, employment experience, customized training, and employer-sponsored training. Since 1996, 577 certificates have been issued; 511 updated ones have been reissued to reflect skills newly acquired; 65 implementation sites have developed 141 scenario assessments for demonstrating individuals' knowledge and skills and issuing certificates. The panel has a five-step standard-setting process: the State Technical Committee (STC) of key stakeholders within a specific occupational cluster meets with state staff to describe the anticipated 5-year direction; staff meets onsite with Incumbent Worker Groups (IWG) who conduct job task analysis; IWGs meet at regional gatherings to identify industry-wide standards; IWGs meet with Instructional Review Teams to recommend performance-based instructional practices and assessment strategies; and the STC reviews drafts of essential skills and technical proficiencies and ratifies and recommends standards for panel approval. The panel envisions greater certificate accessibility and recognition. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Workforce Development, Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana