ERIC Number: ED427040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Employment Plus Program Evaluation.
Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.
Employment Plus is an intervention program offered by the Chesapeake Public School Division (Virginia) that targets high school students who are at risk of educational failure. The program is provided by the Department of Vocational Education and is offered in all high schools. Employment Plus offers an alternative to the traditional high school diploma for students who are 17 years of age and older and who are 2 or more years behind their peers. Students in Employment Plus receive preparation for the Tests of General Educational Development (GED), and they must sign an agreement to seek and maintain employment while in the process. Each high school usually serves an average of 15 students for the Employment Plus program for the school year. The enrollment for the 1997-98 school year in the 6 programs was 85 students. The evaluation for the 1997-98 school year examined the selection of students, the success rate of the program, costs, and overall satisfaction among students, program coordinators, employers, teachers, and principals. Interviews with approximately 65 students and 6 vocational counselors, and surveys completed by 5 principals and 19 employers and teachers provided evaluation data. In addition, the program model was compared with recommendations from the educational literature for serving at-risk secondary students. Evaluation findings show that the program is cost effective and that the model offers most of the strategies recommended for at-risk students. A large number of potential students who could benefit from the program are not considered for enrollment under current identification and selection processes. The cooperative work experience component is successful in some schools but not in others for reasons that usually center on difficulty in finding work. Approximately 50% of students in the program obtain the GED, but the number is higher for students who complete at least 24 weeks of the program. Principals and program coordinators were very satisfied with the program; and students, vocational counselors, employers, and teachers were satisfied. Recommendations are made to continue and improve the program. Three appendixes discuss contacts with other school divisions in Virginia to obtain comparative information and contain the program course catalog and selected student comments. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chesapeake Public Schools, VA. Office of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests