ERIC Number: ED427246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School to Work in Wisconsin: Inflated Claims, Meager Results.
Schug, Mark C.; Western, Richard D.
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, v12 n1 Jan 1999
The effectiveness of school-to-work (STW) in Wisconsin was examined through a review of the data from the following sources: STW implementation reports; follow-up surveys of youth apprenticeship graduates, parents, and employers; and telephone interviews with curriculum directors from 45 Wisconsin school districts. Of the practices and innovative activities planned for K-12 students as part of Wisconsin's STW program, school-based activities have generally been implemented far more broadly than work-based activities. Because participation rates in core, work-based learning experiences have been very low, the aggregate impact of STW on workforce development and the state's economy has been necessarily meager. Since Wisconsin launched STW, the two main problems it was intended to address have changed. Wisconsin's system for curriculum standards and assessment now drives efforts to improve academic learning, and the state's economy has rebounded. It was, therefore, recommended that the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau conduct an evaluation of STW in light of STW program goals and other state priorities, pursuant to a zero-based budget decision about the program's future. It was further recommended that STW be implemented on small scales at the district level. (The report contains 46 references. Appended is a list of the curriculum directors interviewed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Enrollment, Financial Support, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Literature Reviews, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Participant Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, School Districts, State Surveys, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Policy Research Inst., Milwaukee.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin