ERIC Number: ED466617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Career-Technical Education Funding in Ohio.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Ohio career-technical education (CTE) occurs in joint vocational school districts (JVSDs), singles, and compacts; courses are grouped into three program areas: workforce development, work and family studies, and career-based intervention. The weighted funding approach and size of the current weights are the result of a 1997 analysis by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), which contends CTE costs more to provide than regular education. In examining this analysis, the Legislative Office of Education Oversight (LOEO) has found numerous methodological errors and inconsistencies that call into question the validity of current weights. LOEO has analyzed CTE's cost through an inspection of teacher salaries and class size, multiple regression analysis, and comparison of funding practices in other states. CTE teacher salaries are not substantially higher and class sizes are smaller than those in regular education. Regression analysis indicates only a subset of "high-cost" CTE courses within workforce development causes districts to spend more; only 26 percent of full-time equivalent CTE students are enrolled in them; and districts belonging to JVSDs spend, on average, less per pupil than other districts. Among nine states that use weighted funding for CTE, Ohio has the largest weights and the second highest base cost amount. LOEO has found little evidence to support Ohio's current configuration of supplemental funding weights for CTE. (Appendixes include state agencies providing workforce development programs, a 34-item bibliography, a map of CTE planning districts, CTE courses, descriptions of the weighted funding formula, the regression analysis, state approaches to funding vocational education, and comments from committee members and the LOEO response. A summary is also provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Class Size, Costs, Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Labor Force Development, Multiple Regression Analysis, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, State Aid, State Programs, Teacher Salaries, Technical Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.loeo.state.oh.us/reports/PreEleSecPDF/Career-Tech Education Funding PDF.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio