ERIC Number: ED438397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
Improving & Sustaining Kentucky's Statewide System of School-to-Work. Summary Report and Data Supplement.
Blasczyk, Jacob; Bialek, Steven C.
A study evaluated the Kentucky statewide school-to-work (STW) system through surveys of 633 K-12 teachers, phone interviews with 395 employer-participants in STW activities, and 328 randomly drawn employers. Data analysis identified six themes relevant to improving and sustaining STW: (1) working toward bringing program implementation to scale at the local level remains a challenge; (2) current baseline of STW practices at school level confirms this challenge; (3) building on accomplishments and moving from the baseline mean continued efforts in training, assisting teachers and administrators in managing operational factors, and recognizing employers' concerns about involvement; (4) strategic decision-makers should consider that STW is viewed as a school reform effort; (5) findings raised issues about implementing career majors; and (6) strategic decision-makers continue to experience effects of how STW was conceptualized and introduced as a policy initiative. The following key evaluation questions guided the study and organized data displays: (1) How aware are K-12 teachers and employers are of the Kentucky STW system? (2) How are they involved in STW programs and initiatives? (3) How and to what extent has the STW initiative permeated the K-12 curriculum? (4) What factors promote and hinder teacher and employer involvement? (5) How confident are they in the effectiveness of STW in improving students' overall education; (6) How satisfied they are with the system's abilities to prepare them for their roles in STW programs? (7) How has the STW system made a difference in meeting students' needs? The appendices contain employer interview questions, teacher surveys, and other questionnaires. (Contains 35 figures and 11 tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Attitudes, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Telephone Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center on Education and Work.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky