ERIC Number: ED460260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Building Blocks for a Future School-to-Work System: Early National Implementation Results.
Silverberg, Marsha; Haimson, Joshua; Hershey, Alan M.
A national evaluation of school-to-work (STW) implementation was conducted by collecting data on four broad issues: states' efforts to promote the changes envisioned by the School to Work Opportunities Act (STWOA); impacts of local STW partnerships on school and workplace opportunities available to students and creation of coherent STW systems; effects of STW implementation efforts on students' in-school experiences; and STW's impact on postsecondary education and on students' education, training, and employment after high school. Data were collected in three studies: the Local Partnership Survey, which was developed to document the characteristics and development of STW partnerships; in-depth case studies in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin and in selected local sites; and surveys of three cohorts of 12th-grade students in the same eight states to document their career goals, experiences in courses integrating academic and vocational instruction and in the workplace, and perceptions of links between school and workplace components. As of July 1996, 10 of 27 states receiving STWOA had established statewide partnerships. Although career development activities were engaging most students, other STW elements were less pervasive. Few schools offered all key STW components. (Thirty-nine tables/figures are included. Appendices contain the following: local partnership survey completion rates, characteristics of student sample, and student subgroup participation probabilities.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Development, Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Development, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Supply, Employer Attitudes, Enrollment Trends, Federal Legislation, National Programs, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, School Districts, Secondary Education, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Systems Approach, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Mathematics Policy Research, Inc., P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393 (Publication no. pr98-23, $12.25, plus $2.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 609-275-2334; Tel: 609-275-2350.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: School to Work Opportunities Act 1994