ERIC Number: ED455423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
School-to-Work Progress Measures: A Report to the National School-to-Work Office for the Period July 1, 1997-June 30, 1998.
Medrich, Elliott; Merola, Linda; Ramer, Cathy; White, Robin
Using the Progress Measures Survey, data was collected from 770 school-to-work (STW) partnerships in 34 states that encompassed almost 36,000 secondary schools with nearly 18 million students, nearly 178,000 employers, and almost 2,600 postsecondary institutions. Substantial gains were found in provision of STW opportunities in schools and modest gains in student participation. Regarding school-based learning activities, 78 percent of schools provided and 56 percent of students participated in activities using work-related curricula; 67 percent of schools provided and 39 percent of students participated in activities integrating academic and vocational curricula. Regarding work-based learning activities, 68 percent of schools provided and 8 percent of students participated in job shadowing; 39 percent of schools and 3 percent of students participated in mentoring; and 46 percent of schools and 3 percent of students participated in internships. Overall business participation was slightly down. Teachers benefited from employer participation through internships. Data showed depth and breadth of STW activities and number of students engaged in activities are directly related to length of time the partnership has been in operation. The significant increase in percentage of partnerships receiving cash funding from outside sources indicated increased attention to alternative funding mechanisms. (Appendixes include the STW Opportunities Act 1994, Title IV; types of partnerships; definitions; and survey.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College School Cooperation, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Integrated Curriculum, Internship Programs, Mentors, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Participation, Summative Evaluation, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.stw.ed.gov/research/pm2000.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994