ERIC Number: ED439269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Career Preparation Assessment: Results and Analyses from the 1996-1997 Pilot Test. Final Report.
McLaughlin, Daniel; Hipps, Jerome
The Career Preparation Assessment (CPA) portfolio is an interdisciplinary, performance-based assessment of skills essential for the post-high school world. The CPA's value as an assessment tool was examined in a pilot test that was conducted in 1996-1997 with six California high schools. The following three data collection activities were conducted to determine the CPA's effectiveness in terms of implementation, student performance/assessment, and whole school change: (1) 8 pilot test teachers and 6 employers of entry-level workers scored the CPA portfolios submitted by 631 students from the 6 high schools; (2) 36 teachers at the 6 schools completed teacher surveys and participated in telephone interviews; and (3) 623 students completed a student survey. Major findings included the following: (1) successful implementation of the CPA and interdisciplinary standards-based assessments requires multiple conditions associated with whole school change; (2) teachers considered the CPA a worthwhile expenditure of time and effort; (3) nearly two-thirds of the students indicated that they would recommend CPA portfolios to other students. (Nineteen tables are included. Appendixes, constituting approximately 40% of this document, contain the following: career preparation standards; data collection instruments; results from the CPA teacher and student surveys; and career preparation assessment rating guide.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Performance Based Assessment, Pilot Projects, Portfolio Assessment, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Validity, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California