ERIC Number: ED427036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Employment Program Evaluation.
Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.
Education for Employment (EFE) is an intervention program offered by the Chesapeake Public School Division (Virginia) Vocational Education Department to motivate high school students to stay in school by offering a program of basic living skills, human relations skills, and marketable skills training that prepares a student for employment on leaving school. Students in grades 9 and above are screened and enrolled in EFE based on three categories of eligibility: (1) academically disadvantaged; (2) economically disadvantaged; and (3) special education. The two EFE courses are one-credit electives that may be taken up to 2 years. Students can earn up to four credits in the 2-year period by participating in cooperative work experience. In the 1997-98 school year, 165 students were enrolled in EFE, with EFE offered in all the district's high schools. The program for the 1997-98 school year was evaluated, with consideration given to opinions of students, teachers, principals, and counselors, and student achievement was examined. Findings show that not all students who could benefit from EFE are included. The process for identifying and selecting students is informal and varies among schools. Special education students represent the largest group (58%) of EFE students; regular education students may be underserved. Of the 94 ninth graders in the EFE program who did not transfer, 64% were scheduled to complete high school, but 36% had dropped out of school. Only 38% enrolled after EFE in courses that resulted in vocational program completer status, but an additional 22% took some other vocational classes. Teachers, vocational counselors, guidance directors, and principals were very satisfied with the EFE program, while students and special education staff were satisfied. The evaluation also shows that the Chesapeake EFE curriculum is outdated and has a number of limitations when compared to the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Education. Recommendations are made to improve student identification and selection for EFE and to bring the program into better agreement with the model proposed by the State Department of Education. Seven appendixes contain background documents related to the study. (Contains 18 charts.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.